Australia 1922 florin
This specimen was lot 2223 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2017), where it sold for $1,175. The catalog description noted, "AUSTRALIA. Florin, 1922-(M). NGC MS-63. Lovely high grade example with strong eye appeal from the attractive golden apricot and sky blue hued tones covering the entire surface with strong luster beneath. A few light bag marks consistent with the grade which do virtually nothing to detract. Among the higher graded examples available with only a handful of pieces graded higher." 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. This is a scarce date despite the substantial mintage. Australia maintained the sterling silver standard until 1945, years after Great Britain had debased her coins to .500 fine.
Recorded mintage: 2,057,999.
Specification: 11.31 g, .925 fine silver, .336 troy oz ASW, 28.5 mm diameter, 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.
- Ponterio, Richard, The January 2017 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, featuring the Richard Stuart Collection, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2016.