Mintage:1,000,000 Reverse Designer:W. H. J. BlakemoreObverse Designer:Sir E. B. MacKennelSize:28mmWeight:11.31gEdge:ReededComposition:92.5% Silver 7.5% Copper
The 1912 Florin was the second year in the George V Florin series and the third year in the overall Florin series. The
Royal Mint in London was tasked with the production of a million
coins of this type. This was a quite typical
at this stage in the series. Despite the standard
the type is quite scarce, particularly in mid to high grades. Only a very small number of mint-state pieces seem to have
survived with PCGS grading less than fifteen examples.
Throughout 1912 the legitimacy of the Florin series was brought into question when a large number of counterfeit Florins
and Half-Crowns were discovered throughout New South Wales and Queensland. The story became national news with reports of
the fakes featuring heavily in newspapers across the country.
(The Armidale Express, 1912)
The counterfeits were said to be quite convincing although often too light in both colour and weight. The story escalated
further in 1913 when it became clear that an organised gang were producing these counterfeits to an increasingly high quality.
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