The 1944-S Florin was produced at the San Francisco Mint with a
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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