Mintage:2,487,250 Reverse Designer:W. H. J. BlakemoreObverse Designer:Sir E. B. MacKennelSize:28mmWeight:11.31gEdge:ReededComposition:92.5% Silver 7.5% Copper
The George V florin series, lasting throughout George V's reign from 1911 to 1936, features the Australian coat of arms
with ADVANCE AUSTRALIA across the scroll, FLORIN up the top of the reverse
, and the year of issue down the bottom. The obverse features the crowned
bust of King George V facing to the left and the
legend, GEORGIVS V D.G. BRITT : OMN : REX F.
D. IND : IMP (George V, by the grace of god, Ruler and King of Britain, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India).
Like most George V series, this a very popular series to collect. In lower grade, all dates can be acquired at reasonable
expense, though the 1932 tends to start at around $200. Type set collectors would do well aiming for the 1925, 1927, 1928,
1931, 1935, and 1936 for good strikes at good value. This series was struck at the London, Heaton, Sydney, and Melbourne
mints. From 1911 to 1915 the London Mint struck florins, though in
1914 and 1915 the Heaton Mint assisted with examples displaying the 'H'
beneath the date. From 1916 to 1919 the Melbourne mint struck
florins bearing the
'M' under the date, and from 1924 to 1926 the Melbourne mint
in conjunction with the Sydney mint struck florins and the rest of
the series was struck solely by the Melbourne mint.
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