Concerning the 1951 and 1952 varieties, the Charlton Catalogue (2008) states: "In an attempt to improve the appearance of the obverse of this denomination a fresh reduction was made to produce an obverse with a slightly larger, lower relief portrait. Both varieties were used in 1951 and 1952. Aside from the difference in relief and the size of the portrait, the two varieties can be distinguished by the lettering." The so-called High Relief issues are otherwise virtually identical to the previous George VI quarters. Variegated lilac, deep red, gold, magenta, and silver-gray toning envelops both sides. Dazzling semi-prooflike luster complements the sharply impressed design elements. Several minor abrasions are barely noticeable. PCGS has certified only six MS65 High Relief examples, with none finer (7/09). From the Canadiana Collection
George VI (Albert Frederick Arthur George; 14 December 1895 – 6 February 1952) was King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth from 11 December 1936 until his death. He was the last Emperor of India and the first Head of the Commonwealth.Known publicly as Albert until his accession, and "Bertie" among his family and close friends, George VI was born in the reign of his great-grandmother Queen Victoria, and was named after his great-grandfather Albert, Prince Consort. In the mid-1920s, he had speech therapy for a stammer, which he never fully overcame.During George's reign, the break-up of the British Empire and its transition into the Commonwealth of Nations accelerated. From 1939, the Empire and Commonwealth – except Ireland – was at war with Nazi Germany. War with Italy and Japan followed in 1940 and 1941, respectively. Though Britain and its allies were ultimately victorious in 1945, the United States and the Soviet Union rose as pre-eminent world powers and the British Empire declined. He was beset by health problems in the later years of his reign. He was succeeded by his eldest daughter, Elizabeth II.
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