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Coin - Florin (2 Shillings), Australia, 1944 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 5076

Summary:
Australia
Florin 1944 S
Mint: San Francisco

From 1942 until 1944 mints in the United States of America and India were employed to strike Australian coins.
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.
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, 1944 curved below which, AUSTRALIA. The artist's initials KG are in the field above the back of the emu. The mint mark S appears above the date.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 28.5 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 11.374 g (Weight)

More information

Tagged with: coat of arms commonwealth of australia 1912, 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), San Francisco Mint, Medal Makers, United States of America, Thomas Humphrey Paget, Medallist (1893-1974)
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Australia
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Pre-decimal
DateEra: 1944 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, 1944 curved below which, AUSTRALIA. The artist's initials KG are in the field above the back of the emu. The mint mark S appears above the date.
Edge Description: Milled
Inscriptions: Obverse: GEORGIVS VI D:G: BR:OMN:REX F:D:IND:IMP.
Reverse: FLORIN 1944 S AUSTRALIA
Shape: round
Material: Silver
Issued By: HM George VI, Australia, 1944
Mint: San Francisco (Mint)
Artist: Thomas Paget - Royal Mint, London
Artist: George Gray - Royal Mint, London
References: Renn. F39

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Maryann Hudak Posted on 12 Apr 2010 12:04 AM
I was going through some of my father's items that were found in the attic. I came across several coins and found this exact coin.

I would like to know a value please?

Thank you
Discovery Centre Posted on 12 Apr 2010 4:22 PM
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