British Monarchs on 1 Penny


The British Kings and Queens face different directions. This goes back to a tradition around the time of King Charles II where the direction in which the head faces should alternate between the coinage of successive monarchs. This has been successfully done except in the case of King Edward VIII (1936) where he chose to break tradition which in theory is either out of rebellion or vanity (no coins of his image where circulated in England due to his abdication before being crowned – some were circulated in other colonies but a design facing left was chosen instead).