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Australia Melbourne Centenary

1934-35 Specimen Florin reverse 1934-35 Specimen Florin obverse

1934-35 Specimen Florin

Mintage:Unknown Reverse Designer:George Kruger Gray Obverse Designer:Percy Metcalf Size:28.5mm Weight:11.31g Edge:Reeded Composition:92.5% Silver
7.5% Copper


Sales History


The Centenary Florin celebrates the hundredth anniversary of the state of Victoria, 1834 and the settlement of the city of Melbourne, 1835. It is the scarcest commemorative with a total mintage of 75,000 and only 54,000 being sold, the remainder being returned to the Melbourne mint to for re-melting (Coin Web, 2007) . They were sold for an issue price of 3/- to help fund the Melbourne Centenary celebrations (Coin Web, 2007) . The coin is often sold with a Foy & Gibson bag, from either Melbourne or Perth. The Melbourne bag in top condition is very scarce while the Perth bags are rare in any condition (Coin Web, 2007) .

Specimen strikes of this type were struck at the Melbourne mint and can be distinguished by a few features. It shows a reverse cameo finish, and the nipple on the left side of the figure's chest on the reverse is struck (it does not appear on the business or proof-like strikes). The specimen strike also shows a thin, bevelled reverse rim, and a wide, flat obverse rim (Lever, F, 2013) . The king's bust on the obverse tilts slightly right or backwards, whereas the bust on the proof-like strike is more upright with the cross at the top of the crown pointing directly at 12:00 (Lever, F, 2013) . A specimen strike with a nipple on the rider exists in the Museum of Victoria (Museum Victoria, 2016) . Business strikes exist from the same die.

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