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Pattern Coin - Florin (2 Shillings), Australia, 1946 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 4697

Summary:
Australia
Trial for a proposed copper nickel Florin 1946
Mint: Melbourne

One of four struck for the Commonwealth Bank Board 22.10.1946 to show what copper-nickel coins might look like should the use of silver be discontinued.
Description:
A weakly struck copper-nickel trial 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.
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, 1946 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: 10.608 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: debasement silver, pattern coins, wars conflicts, world war ii 1939-1945
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: 1946 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.
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, 1946 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.
Reverse: FLORIN 1946 AUSTRALIA
Shape: round
Material: Cupro Nickel
Issued By: HM George VI, Australia, 1946
Mint: Melbourne (Mint)
Artist: Thomas Paget - Royal Mint, London
Artist: George Gray - Royal Mint, London

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