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Pattern Coin - Florin (2 Shillings), Australia, 1920 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 4681

Summary:
Australia
One Florin - Two Shillings 1920 M Star
Mint: Melbourne

This is a pattern struck at the Melbourne Mint to test dies which had a star above the date designed to indicate that the silver in the coin had been debased below the then stansard of sterling silver (.925 fine)
Description:
A silver coin (28 mm diameter with milled edge) featuring a crowned and robed bust of George V facing left; around, GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP: ; below bust in small lettering the artist's initials B.M. 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 was inscribed. Around above, ONE FLORIN - TWO SHILLINGS and below, between arrow heads, the date, 1920. Below the date is the mint mark M; above the date, a small star.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 28.5 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 11.285 g (Weight)

More information

Tagged with: debasement silver, pattern coins, star coinage
Themes this item is part of: Edgar Bertram Mackennal, Sculptor (1863-1931), Numismatics & Philately Collection, HRH King George V (1865-1936), 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: pattern strikes
Series: Pre-decimal
DateEra: 1920 AD
Denomination: Florin (2 Shillings)
Obverse Description: Crowned and robed bust of George V facing left; around, GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP: ; below bust in small lettering the artist's initials B.M.
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 was inscribed; around above, ONE FLORIN - TWO SHILLINGS; below, between arrow heads, the date, 1916. Below the date is the mint mark M; above the date, a small star.
Edge Description: Milled
Inscriptions: Obverse: GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Reverse: ONE FLORIN - TWO SHILLINGS 1916 M ADVANCE AUSTRALIA
Shape: round
Material: Silver
Issued By: King George V, Australia
Mint: Melbourne (Mint)
Artist: Sir Bertram Mackennal
References: KM#pn18

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