The Investiture of Edward as Prince of Wales at Caernarfon Castle 1911, silver medal by Sir William Goscombe John
Obv: bust of
Prince Edward left, INVESTITURE OF EDWARD PRINCE OF WALES around, CARNARVON
IVLY XIII MCMXI across field
Condition: Very fine, toned; Diameter: 35mm
References: BHM 4079; E 1925; Pearson 75
Notes: The official Royal Mint issue, sold to the public at the time for three shillings. The investiture dates back to the creation of the first English Prince of Wales in 1301, when Edward I gave lands he claimed after his defeat of Llywelyn ap Gruffudd to his son, the future Edward II, as a principality. There have been twenty subsequent Princes of Wales. Only twelve investitures have taken place, of which ten in London: the only two to occur in Wales both happened in the 20th century at Caernarfon. The current ceremony is of modern manufacture, and is not without controversy in Wales. Edward was a popular Prince of Wales, and of course he became, briefly, Edward VIII in 1936.