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1915-H  Florin reverse 1915-H  Florin obverse

1915-H Florin

Mintage:750,000
Reverse Designer:W. H. J. Blakemore Obverse Designer:Sir E. B. MacKennel Size:28mm Weight:11.31g Edge:Reeded Composition:92.5% Silver
7.5% Copper

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Sales History

In 1915 the Australian Commonwealth Florin was produced at both the Royal Mint in London and the private mint of Heaton & Sons in Birmingham. It was necessary to employ Heaton & Sons as the Royal Mint had been temporarily refocused to produce military materials for the war effort. The Royal Mint produced only 500,000 Florins with a further 750,000 produced by Heaton & Sons. The Florins produced at the latter were struck with a small 'H' mint-mark which can be found below the date on the reverse (see the image below) while those struck in London remained plain.

Heaton & Sons 'H' mint-mark on a 1915-H Proof Florin. Heaton & Sons 'H' mint-mark on a 1915-H Proof Florin.

The relatively low mintage of both 1915 varieties makes them quite valuable and scarce. The Royal Mint variety, with its slightly lower mintage, is noticeably scarcer in mint-state than the 1915-H. Population reports illustrate this scarcity with PCGS having graded less than a dozen examples of the plain 1915 in mint-state compared to over twenty examples of the 1915-H.

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