Mintage:1,259,250 Reverse Designer:W. H. J. BlakemoreObverse Designer:George W. De SaulesSize:28mmWeight:11.31gEdge:ReededComposition:92.5% Silver 7.5% Copper
The 1910 Florin was both a single year issue due to Edward VII's death and the first year of Australian coinage. This
made it a very popular issue but unlike the other 1910 denominations, it isn't readily available in mint-state and while
available in circulation grades, it is still difficult to source at a good price. Although the high denomination of the Florin
ensured that it did not see as much circulation as the other denominations, only a single 40 mint-state horde was found.
It would seem unlikely that more than 100 mint state examples have survived despite the
The first batch of 1910 coins, which included threepence, sixpence and florins, arrived in Sydney in October 1910
(Cruzi's Coins, 2005)
. This would seem to explain the similar surface characteristics between those three denominations, while the shillings
tended have more surface hairlines averaging at MS62 to MS63. Due to their size, the florins do
tend to have heavier
which preclude higher grades. The first 112 coins issued by the Commonwealth of Australia were reserved as
or presentation pieces
(Noble Numismatics, 2000)
, many being found with a presentation box though other than provenance or accompanying material (such as presentation
box or letters) there is little that can be used to differentiate them from normal circulation strikes. Without such evidence,
they are generally sold as circulation issues although the superior strike and surfaces would no doubt command premiums for
the coins anyhow.
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