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1918-M  Florin reverse 1918-M  Florin obverse

1918-M Florin

Mintage:2,095,000
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

The 1918 Florin was the third year that Florins had been produced at the Melbourne Mint. The total mintage for the year was 2,095,000 which was relatively typical for the series. Finding the coin in mint-state is a difficult task with PCGS population reports showing limited numbers with MS65 the maximum and the majority of mint-state pieces hovering around MS62. Collectors seeking a mint-state example from this era may find that the 1916-M is a more affordable and easily sourced option.

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.

Melbourne 'M' mint-mark on a 1918-M Florin. Melbourne 'M' mint-mark on a 1918-M Florin.

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