Edward VIII reigned for less than a year in 1936, before he renounced the throne in order that he could marry Mrs. Wallace Simpson, an American divorcee. The British colonies of East Africa was one of the few places that managed to issue a coin in his name before Edward renounced the throne for love. One side of these bronze coins show four elephant tusks. The other shows the imperial crown and the name of the monarch. The coins have a center hole to make it easy for natives without pockets to carry the coin on a string. British East Africa is now the independent nations of Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Somaliland.