Mintage:488,000 Reverse Designer:W. H. J. BlakemoreObverse Designer:Sir E. B. MacKennelSize:28mmWeight:11.31gEdge:ReededComposition:92.5% Silver 7.5% Copper
The 1933 Florin is a semi-key date in the George V Florin series. The piece was produced with the relatively low
of 488,000. Between 1929 and 1932 Australia had been experiencing the Great Depression which resulted in nearly thirty-two
percent unemployment during its height in 1932. These economic circumstances greatly reduced spending and therefore the need
for circulating currency.
By 1933 the worst of the depression seemed to have passed and although the
for this year seems low the substantial increase in
's compared to 1932 when only 188,000 Florins were issued, was a positive sign. The Melbourne 'Argus' stated the new
figures were '...a pleasant indication of the return to better times..." and a "...much busier Christmas than has been
experienced for several years is expected...".
(The Argus, 1933)
and the general need to spend and not horde the 1933 Florin makes the year quite rare and valuable with very limited mint-state examples.
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