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Pattern Coin - Florin (2 Shillings), Centenary of Victoria & Melbourne, Trial Strike, Victoria, Australia, 1934-1935 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 33698

One Florin - Two Shillings, 1934-35
Alternative Name: Melbourne Centenary Florin
Mint: London

Issued to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of Victoria (1834) and the foundation of Melbourne (1935). The coins were sold at a premium of one shilling to help finance the celebrations. 75,000 were struck, but at the end of the event 21,000 remained unsold and were melted. It features the centenary logo of an equestrian figure, slightly modified to fit the circular format of a coin (the logo was set in an oval).

This piece has the broad flat rims and matt finish that characterise the work of the Royal Mint, London (where the dies for this issue were made). It also has a series of small rings around tiny faults when put under high magnification. As such it was probably a trial strike.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 28 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 11.314 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: celebrations, melbourne centenary 1935, pattern coins
Themes this item is part of: Edgar Bertram Mackennal, Sculptor (1863-1931), George Kruger Gray, Designer, Painter & Medallist (1880-1943), Numismatics & Philately Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, HRH King George V (1865-1936), Royal Mint, London, Royal Mint, Tower Hill, 1809-1975, Early History of London Mints, to 1300, The Royal Mint
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Australia - Victoria
Tertiary Classification: pattern strikes
Series: Commemorative
DateEra: 1934-1935 AD
Denomination: Florin (2 Shillings)
Obverse Description: Crowned and robed bust of George V facing left; around, GEORGE V KING EMPEROR
Reverse Description: Naked rider advancing to the left holding a flaming torch aloft; in exergue, .FLORIN. around, CENTENARY . VICTORIA . MELBOURNE . 1934-35.
Edge Description: Milled
Shape: round
Material: Silver
Issued By: HM King George V, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Mint: Royal Mint, London
Artist: Sir Bertram Mackennal, by 1934
Artist: George Gray - Royal Mint, London, by 1934

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