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Coin - Florin (2 Shillings), Centenary of Victoria & Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1934-1935 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 5053

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

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).
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 28.5 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 11.299 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: celebrations, melbourne centenary 1935
Themes this item is part of: George Kruger Gray, Designer, Painter & Medallist (1880-1943), Numismatics & Philately Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, HRH King George V (1865-1936), Melbourne Mint, Medal Makers, Victoria, Australia, Percy Metcalfe, Coin Designer, (1895-1970), 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 - Victoria
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Pre-decimal
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, 1934-1935
Mint: Melbourne (Mint), Victoria, Australia, 1934
Artist: Percy Metcalfe - Royal Mint, London, by 1934
Artist: George Gray - Royal Mint, London, by 1934

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