Australia 1911 florin
This specimen was lot 20400 in Heritage sale 3008 (New York, January 2010), where it sold for $2,185. The catalog description noted, "Australia. George V Florin 1911, AU58 NGC, highly lustrous with just a trace of wear on the high points of the bust. Very scarce date in this quality." This type was struck 1911-36 at London (shown here), 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: 950,000.
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.
- Tucker, Warren, and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3008: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2009.