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Australia George VI

1944-S  Florin reverse 1944-S  Florin obverse

1944-S Florin

Reverse Designer:George Kruger Gray Obverse Designer:Thomas H. Paget Size:28mm Weight:11.31g Edge:Reeded Composition:92.5% Silver
7.5% Copper


Sales History


The 1944-S Florin was produced at the San Francisco Mint with a mintage of 11,000,000. In the same year, the Royal Mint in Melbourne produced 22,440,000 pieces. These two types can be differentiated by a small 'S' mint-mark over the reverse date of the San Francisco type. The involvement of the San Francisco Mint was a reaction against a substantial coin shortage which began in 1941 and was caused by increased war-time production and the arrival of allied troops in Australia. The shortage began to cause substantial problems for traders and local mints were pushed to their productive capacities which did not prove sufficient.

The United States was contracted to produce six million additional Florins in 1942, and eleven million in 1943 and 1944. Despite being an interesting type the 1944-S is very reasonable across all grades with a large number of pieces graded by PCGS.

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