Mintage:750,000 Reverse Designer:W. H. J. BlakemoreObverse Designer:Sir E. B. MacKennelSize:28mmWeight:11.31gEdge:ReededComposition:92.5% Silver 7.5% Copper
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.
The relatively low
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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