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Pattern Coin - Florin (2 Shillings), Australia, 1937 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 30595

Summary:
Australia
Florin 1937 Uniface pattern
Mint: Royal Mint, London

Other Details: This pattern was a trial for the new florin reverse, the obverse may have had the portrait of Edward VIII who abdicated. It was removed with a lathe.
Description:
A silver pattern coin (28 mm diameter with milled edge) with the obverse removed by a lathe. The reverse features the Arms of the Commonwealth of Australia, as authorised by Royal Warrant 19 September 1912 - composed of a shield divided into six parts, each containing a representation of the badge of a State. The shield is supported by a kangaroo and an emu standing on a grassy mound accompanied by small branches of wattle. Above the shield is a crown. Around above, FLORIN between two seven pointed stars; and below, in the exergue, the date, 1937 curved below which, AUSTRALIA. The artist's initials KG are in the field above the back of the emu.
Sterling silver (.925 fine)
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 28 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 11.703 g (Weight)

More information

Tagged with: pattern coins
Themes this item is part of: George Kruger Gray, Designer, Painter & Medallist (1880-1943), Numismatics & Philately Collection, 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
Tertiary Classification: pattern strikes
Series: Pre-decimal
DateEra: 1937 AD
Denomination: Florin (2 Shillings)
Obverse Description: Machined off
Reverse Description: Based on the arms of the Commonwealth of Australia, as authorised by Royal Warrant 19 September 1912 - composed of a shield divided into six parts, each containing a representation of the badge of a State (although that of South Australia is depicted as three sheaves of wheat above a rising sun instread of the authorised Piping Shrike). The shield is supported by a kangaroo and an emu standing on a grassy mound accompanied by small branches of wattle. Above the shield is a crown instead of the Federation star. Around above, FLORIN between two seven pointed stars; below, in the exergue, the date, 1937 curved below which, AUSTRALIA. The artist's initials KG are in the field above the back of the emu.
Edge Description: milled
Inscriptions: Reverse: FLORIN 1937 AUSTRALIA K.G
Shape: Round
Material: Silver
Issued By: Australia, 1937
Mint: Royal Mint, London
Artist: George Gray - Royal Mint, London

Comments

Carlo D'Angio Posted on 15 Feb 2010 10:48 PM
Dear Sir/Madam,

On a point of order and in the interest of accuracy with regard to numismatic description and terminology, I make the observation that (relating to the 1937 dated denominations of Australian Commonwealth Coinage) it seems that the numismatic fraternity, including the so called "experts" are using the term to describe all 1937 denomination coins showing only the Reverse as "Uniface". This is totally incorrect, as the definition of a "Uniface" coin states that it be a coin struck on one side only. There are only 3 examples of true "Uniface" 1937 dated coins: unique example of 1937 Pattern penny struck reverse only in silver, unique example of 1937 Pattern shilling struck reverse only and test example of 1937 Pattern Crown reverse struck only. All other 1937 Patterns, including the reverse Pattern penny, were struck on both sides; in the case of the penny, the Obverse shows only the word "Model"; in the case of the threepences, shillings & florins (reverse only patterns), the obverse effigies of KEVIII were tooled out. Hence, a revision of the losely used term "Uniface" needs to be addresses.

Kind regards
Discovery Centre Posted on 16 Feb 2010 11:41 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi there Carlo. Thank you very much for your feedback which we have passed on to our curator for his information.
Carlo D'Angio Posted on 15 Aug 2014 7:26 PM
Dear Sir/Madam,

Since my last post of 15th Feb. 2010, it has come to my attention that,in fact,there is a single example of a true "Uniface" 1937 Pattern Florin in existence. This coin surfaced in 1959 at a Seaby auction and again in 2006 at Spink of London.
Just to set the record straight.

Kindest regards
Carlo D'Angio Posted on 17 Jul 2015 8:40 PM
Dear Sir/Madam,
Some clarification would be appreciated as to the weight of Coin # NU-30595 listed as 11.703g. As all florins (struck on both obverse and reverse) are documented as weighing 11.31g, how can the above coin (with the obverse tooled out) weigh more than a double sided florin; perhaps an error in documentation (perhaps should read 10.703g?)

Kindest regards,
Carlo D'Angio
Discovery Centre Posted on 21 Jul 2015 4:21 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Carlo,

Thanks for the feedback. We have weighed the coin and you are correct. The above information will be updated soon.

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