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Proof Coin - Florin (2 Shillings), Australia, 1956 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 4708

Summary:
Australia
Florin (2 Shillings) 1956
Proof strike
Mint: Melbourne

After much heated discussion from 1953 the titles F:D:, removed at the start of the new reign, were returned to the obverse legend on the Royal visit florin in 1954. They were also returned to the regular coinage from 1955 but as no florin denomination coins were struck in 1955, this issue saw the first return of the letters to this denomination on a non-commemorative design.
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 . F:D: + The artist's initials M.G. incuse on the bust truncation above the G of GRATIA. 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, 1956 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: 11.289 g (Weight)

More information

Themes this item is part of: George Kruger Gray, Designer, Painter & Medallist (1880-1943), Numismatics & Philately Collection, 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: 1956 AD
Denomination: Florin (2 Shillings)
Obverse Description: Bust of Elizabeth II laureate right; around, + ELIZABETH . II . DEI . GRATIA . REGINA . F: D:
The artist's initials M.G. incuse on the bust truncation above the G of GRATIA.
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, 1956 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 . F:D: M.G.
Reverse: AUSTRALIA FLORIN 1956 K.G
Shape: round
Material: Silver
Issued By: Australia, 1956
Mint: Melbourne (Mint)
Artist: Mary Gillick

The artist's initials M.G. incuse on the bust truncation above the G of GRATIA.
Artist: George Gray - Royal Mint, London

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