George V collectibles
See also: King George V’s stamp collection
George V collectibles comprise various collectibles and memorabilia items linked to the former British Monarch (Reign: 6th May 1910 – 20th January 1936). Popular sales on the markets have included coins, manuscripts and antiques linked to the late King.
Passion for philately
George V grew to become one of the most notable philatelists of his era. This devotion earned George V the unofficial nickname, “The King of Philately”.
Patriotically, the King’s collection focused on stamps from the British Empire.
George V’s collection was housed in 328 “Red Albums”, each of around 60 pages. Later Monarchs would add their own albums to the Royal Philatelic Collection, including George VI’s “Blue Albums and Queen Elizabeth II’s “Green Albums”.
Main article: King George V’s stamp collection
Other notable collectibles
Coins bearing the likeness of George V have often proved popular at numismatic auctions.
In May, 2008, Heritage Auctions’ Long Beach World Coin Auction #3000 offered a George V 1911 - 1912 Specimen Set. All eight coins were certified by NGC featuring:
- KM15 Cent 1911 Specimen 64 RD
- KM16 5 Cents 1911 Specimen 63, deeply toned
- KM17 10 Cents 1911 Specimen 63, pewter gray patina
- KM18 25 Cents 1911 Specimen 62, heavily toned
- KM19 50 Cents 1911 Specimen 64, incredibly sharp details and rich old-time toning
- KM20 gold Sovereign 1911C Specimen 67, flawless satiny surfaces
- KM26 gold 5 Dollars 1912 Specimen 66, a gorgeous coin with light toning
- KM27 gold 10 Dollars 1912 Specimen 64, “a magnificent coin with pristine surfaces and stunning eye appeal and one which could easily have been graded much higher”
The presentation set also included a very rare custom Ottawa Mint red case of issue (slightly damaged.) Only five of these full sets were ever issued. The whole lot sold for $50,000.
Givenchy Royal Hanover Chandelier
In 2011, Christie’s announced that it would auction a Givenchy Royal Hanover Chandelier (A German Silver Eight-Light Chandelier) with a pre-sale estimate of £2,600,000 - £3,600,000.
Having been originally commissioned by King George II, the chandelier eventually passed to George V by descent and later passed to George’s son, Crown Prince Ernst Augustus of Hanover, 3rd Duke of Cumberland (1845-1923).
Classics cars – “the Royal Four”
In the autumn of 1923, King George V ordered four new Daimler 57 HP Enclosed Limousine automobiles from London dealers Stratton-Instone Ltd. The King insisted on the fitment of 1910 57 hp sleeve-valve units – even though modern engines had been recommended.
The 57 hp sleeve-valve was renowned for its smoothness and silence, qualities which made it ideal for the transport of Royals. These cars became known as the “Royal Four.”
One of these cars was sold by RM Auctions for £112,000 at its Automobiles of London sale, October 27th 2010.
This car was the only running example known to the Daimler/Lanchester Club, other than the original examples held in the Royal Collection.
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