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Proof Coin - Florin (2 Shillings), Specimen Strike, Australia, 1953 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 4705

Summary:
Australia
Florin 1953
Mint: Melbourne

This was the first issue for Elizabeth II. This is a specimen strike (sometimes called a proof). Specimens were produced this year for official purposes only.
Description:
A silver coin (28 mm diameter with milled edge) featuring on the obverse a laureate bust of Elizabeth II facing right; around, ELIZABETH II . DEI . GRATIA . REGINA +
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 (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; and below, in the exergue, the date, 1953 curved below which, AUSTRALIA. The artist's initials KG are in the field above the back of the emu.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 28.5 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 11.288 g (Weight)

More information

Tagged with: coat of arms commonwealth of australia 1912
Themes this item is part of: George Kruger Gray, Designer, Painter & Medallist (1880-1943), Numismatics & Philately Collection, HM Queen Elizabeth II (1926- ), Melbourne Mint, Medal Makers, Victoria, Australia, 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: proof strikes
Series: Pre-decimal
DateEra: 1953 AD
Denomination: Florin (2 Shillings)
Obverse Description: Bust of Elizabeth II laureate right; around, + ELIZABETH . II . DEI . GRATIA . REGINA
Reverse Description: 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 (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; and below, in the exergue, the date, 1953 curved below which, AUSTRALIA. The artist's initials KG are in the field above the back of the emu.
Edge Description: Milled
Inscriptions: Obverse: + ELIZABETH . II . DEI . GRATIA . REGINA
Reverse: FLORIN 1953 AUSTRALIA
Shape: round
Material: Silver
Issued By: HM Queen Elizabeth II, Australia
Mint: Melbourne (Mint)
Artist: Mary Gillick
Artist: George Gray - Royal Mint, London
Bibliography:
  1. [Article] Pearce, Murray. 1987. Royal Titles and Australian Coins: the "Defender of the Faith" Controvercy of 1953. Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia. 3: 12-17.

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