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Coin - Florin, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1881 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 1066

Summary:
Silver coin; Denomination: Florin
Royal Mint, London
Queen Victoria (1837-1901)

The florin was introduced in 1849 as the first move towards decimalization of the British coinage, it was 1/10th of a pound or 2 shillings. This, the second type, is known as the "Gothic florin" because of the use of Gothic lettering in the legend.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 29 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 11.332 g (Weight)

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Themes this item is part of: Royal Mint, London, HM Queen Victoria (1819-1901), William Wyon, Medallist & Engraver (1795-1851), Royal Mint, Tower Hill, 1809-1975, Early History of London Mints, to 1300, William Wyon, Medallist (1795-1851), The Royal Mint, Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Great Britain
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
DateEra: 1881 AD
Denomination: Florin (2 Shillings)
Obverse Description: Crowned bust of the Queen facing left, the dress decorated with roses, thistles and shamrocks;around in Gothic letters, Victoria d: g: britt: reg: f: d: mdccclxxxi.
Reverse Description: Four crowned shields forming a cross around a rose, the shields bear the arms of England, top and bottom, Scotland at right and Ireland at left; between shields under arched canopy, two roses, a thistle and a shamrock; around above, One florin; around below, one tenth of a pound, in Gothic letters.
Edge Description: Milled
Shape: Round
Material: Silver
Issued By: HM Queen Victoria, England, Great Britain, 1881
Mint: Royal Mint, London, London, England, Great Britain, 1881
Artist: William Wyon - Royal Mint, London
designer: Mr William Dyce

Designed the reverse for the Godless florin which was retained for the Gothic issues
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Philip Skingley - Spink & Sons Ltd., Coins of England and the United Kingdom, Spink & Son Ltd., London, 2007, Spink 3900 Pages

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