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Pattern Coin - Florin (2 Shillings), 66% Silver Trial Strike, Australia, 1945 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 4689

Summary:
Australia
Florin 1945
66% silver alloy trial
Mint: Melbourne

This was the last year that sterling silver was employed for the circulating florin denomination, this pattern was one of a series of tests of alloys for the debasement which took place in 1946.
Description:
A silver coin (28 mm diameter with milled edge) featuring a bare head of George VI facing left; around, GEORGIVS VI D:G: BR: OMN: REX F:D: IND: IMP: ; below bust in small lettering the artist's initials H.P. This was a trial coin and has 66 scratched in field under VI D: to indicate the experimental silver percentage.
The reverse is 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. 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, 1945 curved below which, AUSTRALIA. The artist's initials KG are in the field above the back of the emu. See Notes Tab for details.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 28.5 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 11.331 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: debasement silver, pattern coins
Themes this item is part of: George Kruger Gray, Designer, Painter & Medallist (1880-1943), Numismatics & Philately Collection, HRH George VI (1895-1952), Melbourne Mint, Medal Makers, Victoria, Australia, Thomas Humphrey Paget, Medallist (1893-1974), Deputy Masters of the Melbourne Branch of the Royal Mint, Closure of Melbourne Mint, Melbourne Mint during World War II, Establishment of Melbourne Mint, 1872, Melbourne Mint
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Australia
Tertiary Classification: pattern strikes
Series: Pre-decimal
DateEra: 1945 AD
Denomination: Florin (2 Shillings)
Obverse Description: Bare head of George VI facing left; around, GEORGIVS VI D:G: BR: OMN: REX F:D: IND: IMP: ; below bust in small lettering the artist's initials H.P. '66' scratched in field under VI D:
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, 1945 curved below which, AUSTRALIA. The artist's initials KG are in the field above the back of the emu.
Edge Description: Milled
Inscriptions: Obverse: GEORGIVS VI D:G: BR:OMN:REX F:D:IND:IMP. also, 66 scratched in field under VI D:
Reverse: FLORIN 1945 AUSTRALIA
Shape: round
Material: Silver
Issued By: HM George VI, Australia, 1945
Mint: Melbourne (Mint)
Artist: Thomas Paget - Royal Mint, London
Artist: George Gray - Royal Mint, London

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