Mintage:4,305,000 Reverse Designer:W. H. J. BlakemoreObverse Designer:Sir E. B. MacKennelSize:28mmWeight:11.31gEdge:ReededComposition:92.5% Silver 7.5% Copper
The 1917 Florin was the second year that Florins had been produced at the Melbourne
Mint. The total
for the year was 4,305,000 which was the largest of the series to date and would not be exceeded until 1940. As a result
of the large
the issue is relatively easy to obtain with PCGS population reports showing quite good numbers in mint-state.
The cost of obtaining this year is still substantially higher than the later years in the George V Florin series however
when compared to all earlier years the 1917-M is the most cost-effective.
Melbourne 'M' mint-mark on a 1917-M Florin.
After the outbreak of World War I in 1914 the Royal Mint in London
became heavily involved in manufacturing military materials. This wartime necessity reduced the
Mint's ability to fulfil Australia's demand for new currency. In 1914 and 1915 this problem was resolved by a number
of additional coins being produced under contract by the private mint of Heaton & Sons in Birmingham. In late 1915 it was
decided that production should shift to Australia and on the 1st of November the Melbourne
Mint was instructed to prepare to strike silver coinage. New dies for the Australia Florin, Shilling, Sixpence
and Threepence were produced in London for use at Melbourne Mint
with a small 'M' mint-mark. Melbourne would continue to produce Florins with the 'M' mint-mark until 1921 when the Commonwealth
Government removed the mint-marks as they wanted the dies to be interchangeable between mints in Australia.
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