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Australia George V

1926  Florin reverse 1926  Florin obverse

1926 Florin

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


Sales History


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' mintmark beneath the date. From 1916 to 1919 the Melbourne mint struck florins bearing the mintmark '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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