Silver coin; Denomination: Florin
Royal Mint, London
George V (1911-1936)

Sterling silver florins (struck between 1911 and 1919) were current in Australia. When the British debased the silver in 1920 no proclamation was issued in Australia making them legal tender however some did circulate, being brought out by migrants. By the early 1930s, after a sustained effort to remove them from circulation, the use of British coins in Australia had ended (although some halfpence were still in use as late as 1966).

Obverse Description

Bare head of the King facing left; below on neck truncation in small letters, B.M. (Bertram MacKennal); around, GEORGIVS V D.G. BRITT: OMN: REX F.D. IND: IMP:

Reverse Description

Four crowned shields forming a cross around the Star of the Garter, the shields bear the arms of England (top and bottom), Scotland (right) and Ireland (left); in the angles four sceptres, two surmounted by orbs, the others by a harp and a thistle; around ONE FLORIN 1915, the date being divided by the crown above the lower shield.

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