Australia 1913 florin
This specimen was lot 31004 in Heritage sale 3037 (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $9,987.50. The catalog description noted, "George V Florin 1913 MS63 PCGS. A conditionally rare piece, we have been able to locate no Mint State examples selling at auction in the last decade. This coin has cartwheel luster, and only minor marks that are consistent with the grade. For the quality-conscious collector of Australian coins, this may be the best available example; there have been a total of just 4 coins graded finer by PCGS or NGC. From The Prager Collection Of Australian Coins." 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: 1,200,000 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.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- McDonald, Greg, The Pocket Guide to Australian Coins and Banknotes, 23rd ed., Lavington, Australia, 2017.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3037, featuring the Empire, the Santa Catarina, the Law and the Santa Maria Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.