Australia 1917-M florin
This specimen was lot 3204 in Stacks-Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $90. The catalog description noted, "AUSTRALIA. Florin, 1917-M. NGC AU-53." The silver coinage for Australia commenced in 1910 but bronze pennies and halfpennies were not struck until 1911. As such, none were struck with the effigy of Edward VII. This type was struck 1911-36 at London, Heaton, Sydney and Melbourne. The dates prior to the late twenties are scarce, especially in nice condition. Australia maintained the sterling silver standard until 1945, years after Great Britain had debased her coins to .500 fine.
Recorded mintage: 4,305,000 plus a few proofs.
Specification: 11.31 g, .925 fine silver, .336 troy oz ASW, designed by W. H. J. Blakemore.
Catalog reference: KM 27.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Ponterio, Richard, The January 2015 NYINC Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Featuring the John W. Adams and Ray Czabor Collections, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2014.