Silver coin; Denomination: Florin
Royal Mint, London
Queen Victoria (1837-1901)
The florin was introduced in 1849 as the first move towards decimalization of the British coinage, it was 1/10th of a pound or 2 shillings. This, the second type, is known as the "Gothic florin" because of the use of Gothic lettering in the legend.
Crowned bust of the Queen facing left, the dress decorated with roses, thistles and shamrocks; at edge below the bust in small letters the artist's initials W.W. (William Wyon) and the die number 1; around in Gothic letters, Victoria d: g: britt: reg: f: d: mdccclxviii
Four crowned shields forming a cross around a rose, the shields bear the arms of England, top and bottom, Scotland at right and Ireland at left; between shields under arched canopy, two roses, a thistle and a shamrock; around above, One florin; around below, one tenth of a pound, in Gothic letters.
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Eugene von Guerard, 15 Mar 1976
Type of item
1.5 mm (Depth), 29 mm (Outside Diameter), 11.284 g (Weight)
[Book] Skingley, Philip. 2007. Coins of England and the United Kingdom., Spink 3893 Pages
[Catalogue] Pullin, Ruth. 2011. Nature Revealed: Eugene von Guerard.