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Coin - Double-florin, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1887 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 26226

Summary:
Gold coin; Denomination: Double-florin
Royal Mint, London
Queen Victoria (1837-1901)

A double-florin is a 4 shilling coin. Struck as part of a new coinage introduced for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria, 1837-1887. The coins all shared a new obverse of the Queen, adapted from Boehm's own Jubillee medal. Both the new head and the new double-florin denomination proved unpopular. The head was replaced in 1893 and the denomination only struck until 1889. The reverse design was adapted from the 5 guinea coin of Queen Anne. The florin had been introduced in 1849 as a step towards decimalization of the coinage, it was a tenth of a pound.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 36 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 22.519 g (Weight)

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Themes this item is part of: Royal Mint, London, HM Queen Victoria (1819-1901), Royal Mint, Tower Hill, 1809-1975, Early History of London Mints, to 1300, The Royal Mint, Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, Sculptor (1834-1890), Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Great Britain
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
DateEra: 1887 AD
Denomination: Double-Florin, 4 shillings
Obverse Description: Bust of the Queen facing left the small wearing imperial crown, long veil falling behind her head, pearl necklace and earring, Ribbon and Star of the Garter and the badge of the Imperial Order of India; in small raised letters on the bust truncation, the artist's initials J.E.B. (Joseph Edgar Boehm); around, VICTORIA D:G: BRITT: REG: F:D:
Reverse Description: Four crowned shields arranged to form a cross about the Star of the Garter, top and bottom bear the arms of England, right Scotland, left, Ireland; between the shields ar four sceptres, two surmounted with an orb, one with a thistle and one with a harp; around, BRITT: REG: 1887 FID: DEF:, the date being divided by the crown above the top English shield. Roman numeral I in date.
Edge Description: milled
Shape: Round
Material: Silver
Issued By: HM Queen Victoria, England, Great Britain, 1887
Mint: Royal Mint, London, London, England, Great Britain, 1887
Artist: Sir Joseph Boehm - Royal Mint, London
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Philip Skingley - Spink & Sons Ltd., Coins of England and the United Kingdom, Spink & Son Ltd., London, 2007, Spink 3922 Pages

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