Australia 1916-M florin
This specimen was lot 23036 in Heritage sale 3030 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $881.25. The catalog description noted, "George V Florin 1916-M, MS62 PCGS, a very nice mint state coin with frosty white mint luster and just a few small marks in the obverse fields. From the collection of Donald E. Bently, sold for the benefit of the Bently Foundation " 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: 2,752,000 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.
- McDonald, Greg, The Pocket Guide to Australian Coins and Banknotes, 23rd ed., Lavington, Australia, 2017.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3030, featuring the RLM Collection, the Isaac Rudman Collection, the Hans Cook Collection and the Collection of Donald E. Bently, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.