King George VI, born in 1895, acceded to the throne in 1936, on the abdication by his brother Edward VIII, the Duke of Windsor. He had a tough reign during the World War II but showed tremendous strength if character in unifying the country. Speaking on his Christmas Day radio broadcast in 1939, he said "A new year is at hand. We cannot tell what it will bring. If it brings peace, how thankful we shall be. If it brings continued struggle, we shall remain undaunted." After seeing peace, King George died on February 6th 1952, aged 56, leaving his daughter Princess Elizabeth to succeed him.
King George VI was the first monarch to have farthing coins with the symbol of the Wren on the reverse minted for circulation. The Wren was used as being the smallest of British birds to complement the lowest denomination coins. Although this had been designed for Edward VIII, it was not issued prior to his abdication. The farthing first came into being in the Anglo-Saxon times when full pennies were sheared into half-pennies and farthings.
This coin has been cast in lead-free pewter and plated in bronze.
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