One Florin - Two Shillings, 1934-35
Alternative Name: Melbourne Centenary Florin
Mint: London

Issued to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of Victoria (1834) and the foundation of Melbourne (1935). The coins were sold at a premium of one shilling to help finance the celebrations. 75,000 were struck, but at the end of the event 21,000 remained unsold and were melted. It features the centenary logo of an equestrian figure, slightly modified to fit the circular format of a coin (the logo was set in an oval).

This piece has the broad flat rims and matt finish that characterise the work of the Royal Mint, London (where the dies for this issue were made). It also has a series of small rings around tiny faults when put under high magnification. As such it was probably a trial strike.

Obverse Description

Crowned and robed bust of George V facing left; around, GEORGE V KING EMPEROR

Reverse Description

Naked rider advancing to the left holding a flaming torch aloft; in exergue, .FLORIN. around, CENTENARY . VICTORIA . MELBOURNE . 1934-35.

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