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Specimen Coin - Florin (2 Shillings), Australia, 1910 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 4651

Summary:
Australia
One Florin - Two Shillings 1910
Mint: Royal, London

The first issue of florins for the Commonwealth of Australia. This example is the specimen supplied to Melbourne Mint from London. 1910 was the first year that an Australian Commonwealth coinage was issued. The four silver denominations were all struck in London.
Description:
A silver coin (28 mm diameter with milled edge) featuring a crowned and robed bust of Edward VII facing right; around, EDWARDVS VII D:G: BRITT: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP: ; below bust in small lettering the artist's initials DES. The reverse features the Ensigns Armorial of the Commonwealth of Australia, as authorised by Royal Warrent 7th May 1908 - composed of a simple shield enclosing a cross of Saint George on which are five six-pointed stars, around the outside of which are six small escutcheons, i.e., small shields. The shield is supported by a kangaroo and an emu standing on a grassy mound. Above the shield a crest, the seven-pointed star of Federation on a wreath. Below on a ribbon the motto ADVANCE AUSTRALIA is inscribed. Around above, ONE FLORIN - TWO SHILLINGS and below, between arrow heads, the date, 1910.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 28 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 11.304 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: coat of arms commonwealth of australia 1908, federation star, 1910 florin
Themes this item is part of: George William de Saulles, Sculptor, Designer & Engraver (1862-1903), Numismatics & Philately Collection, HRH Edward VII (1841-1910), Royal Mint, London, Royal Mint, Tower Hill, 1809-1975, Early History of London Mints, to 1300, The Royal Mint, George William De Saulles, Medallist (1862-1903)
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Australia
Tertiary Classification: specimen strikes
Series: pre-decimal
DateEra: 1910 AD
Denomination: Florin (2 Shillings)
Obverse Description: Crowned and robed bust of Edward VII facing right; around, EDWARDVS VII D:G: BRITT: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP: ; below bust in small lettering the artist's initials DES.
Reverse Description: At centre, simple shield enclosing a cross of Saint George on which are five six-pointed stars, around the outside of which are six small escutcheons, i.e., small shields. The shield is supported by a kangaroo and an emu standing on a grassy mound. Above the shield a crest, the seven-pointed star of Federation on a wreath and on a ribbon at the base the motto ADVANCE AUSTRALIA is inscribed; around above, ONE FLORIN - TWO SHILLINGS; below, between arrow heads, the date, 1910.
Edge Description: Milled
Inscriptions: Obverse: EDWARDVS VII D:G: BRITT: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP: DES
Reverse: ONE FLORIN - TWO SHILLINGS 1910 ADVANCE AUSTRALIA
Shape: round
Material: Silver
Issued By: King Edward VII, Australia, 1910
Mint: Royal Mint, London
Artist: George de Saulles - Royal Mint, London
Bibliography:
  1. [Article] Sharples, John. 1985. Australian Coins 1919 to 1924. Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia. 1 (July): 4-18.

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