Australia 1923 florin
The first specimen was lot 31526 in Heritage sale 3040 (Chicago, April 2015), where it sold for $305.50. The catalog description noted, "George V Florin 1923 MS61 NGC. An attractively toned coin with mint-state definition and lightly hairlined fields." The second specimen was lot 22218 in Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "AUSTRALIA. Florin, 1923-(M). NGC EF-45. Nice strike with considerable remaining luster." 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: 1,038,000 for Melbourne.
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.
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- McDonald, Greg, The Pocket Guide to Australian Coins and Banknotes, 23rd ed., Lavington, Australia, 2017.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage Signature Auction 3040, featuring the Santa Maria, the Alan Dean and the Valley View Life Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.
- Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio, John Kraljevich and Cris Chatigny, The January 2018 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, featuring the Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.