Australian Silver Florin

Posted by on October 23, 2012
1927 Australian "Parlament" Silver Florin - reverse

1927 Australian "Parlament" Silver Florin - reverse

The Australian Silver Florin was first minted in 1910 concurrent with Great Britain's florin.  Its weight and size is also the same. These florins are 28.5 millimeters in diameter, are 11.31 grams of sterling silver (92.5% silver and 7.5% copper) and contain 0.3363 troy ounces of silver.  Since Australia did not have the minting capacity initially to strike the florins they were first struck at the British Royal Mint in London and the private Heaton mint.  All of Australia's florins were shipped in from England until 1916 when Australia’s mints were fitted to strike these silver florins.

1912 Australia George V Florin (2S) KM-27 - NGC AU53 - $4,500 Value in UNC!
1912 Australia George V Florin (2S) KM-27 - NGC AU53 - $4,500 Value in UNC!
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1954 Australia Royal Visit One Florin  Silver (.50)  coin Elizabeth II
1954 Australia Royal Visit One Florin Silver (.50) coin Elizabeth II
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1951 Australia 50th Anniv of Federation One Florin  Silver (.50)  coin George VI
1951 Australia 50th Anniv of Federation One Florin Silver (.50) coin George VI
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1941 Australian 92.5% Silver FLORIN ( Two Shilling ) Coin - some lustre
1941 Australian 92.5% Silver FLORIN ( Two Shilling ) Coin - some lustre
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1927 Australia Canberra Florin Uncirculated NGC MS-62
1927 Australia Canberra Florin Uncirculated NGC MS-62
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1942 Australian 92.5% Silver FLORIN ( Two Shilling ) Coin - some lustre
1942 Australian 92.5% Silver FLORIN ( Two Shilling ) Coin - some lustre
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1943 Australian 92.5% Silver FLORIN ( Two Shilling ) Coin - some lustre
1943 Australian 92.5% Silver FLORIN ( Two Shilling ) Coin - some lustre
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1956 Australian 50% Silver FLORIN ( Two Shilling ) Coin - UNC ex Roll
1956 Australian 50% Silver FLORIN ( Two Shilling ) Coin - UNC ex Roll
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Australia 1954 Silver Florin, ERROR MIS-STRIKE, BIG EAR, RARRRRRRRE
Australia 1954 Silver Florin, ERROR MIS-STRIKE, BIG EAR, RARRRRRRRE
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1934-35 Australian "Centennial Victoria/Melbourne" Silver Florin - reverse

1934-35 Australian "Centennial Victoria/Melbourne" Silver Florin - reverse

There was a building desire to have a decimal coin for the British pound which is equal to 240 pence.  The florin is equal to 24 pence which makes it equivalent to two shillings.  For Australian's the florin was the most widely used coin, except for the "Crown" of 1937-38.  In every other regard these coins are very traditional.  They all have the monarch's bust or head on the obverse with the title and name along the rim encircling the coin.  The denomination and date are on the reverse which usually has Australia's coat of arms prominently in the center with the English Royal Crown over it.  The mint marks are usually found over the date and edge will be reeded.

1927 Australian "Parliament" Silver Florin - obverse

1927 Australian "Parliament" Silver Florin - obverse

King Edward VII was the first to appear on the florin in 1910.  The following year king George V had ascended to the throne and his bust was used from 1911 until 1936.  During his reign two commemorative florins were released.  The first was in 1927 for the opening of the then new Parliament House.  The second was Australia’s celebration for the centennial of the founding of Victoria (1834) and Melbourne (1835).  The reverse of the 1934 and 1935 silver florins depict a young man riding a horse and carrying a torch.  The legend reads “CENTENARY VICTORIA MELBOURNE”.

In 1938 King George VI’s head is used until 1952 however there were two changes and the 1951 commemorative for the fifty year jubilee for the founding of the Australian Federation.  The “Jubilee Florin” has a crossed mace and sword on the center of its reverse.  In 1946 the silver content of all of Australia’s silver coins was dropped to 50%.  The remaindered is 40% copper, 5% zinc, and 5% nickel.  This brings the silver content of the florins down to 0.1818 troy ounces.  The other change has to do with the legend on the obverse.  For the 1951 and 1952 coins the “IND:IMP.” was removed to recognize India's newly earned freedom from the United Kingdom.

1954 Australia "Royal Visit" Silver Florin - obverse

1954 Australia "Royal Visit" Silver Florin - obverse

1954 Australia "Royal Visit" Silver Florin - reverse

1954 Australia "Royal Visit" Silver Florin - reverse

Queen Elizabeth II appears on the florins minted in 1953 until 1963 when the florins were dropped from the Australia’s coinage.  The florins were not the only coins dropped in 1963.  The United Kingdom was replacing all of its old ‘sterling’ coinage including the shillings and pence to adopt a decimal currency.  Each one of the UK’s federations had different years selected to begin the conversion in order for the Royal Mint branches to keep up with the conversion.

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