Australia 1934-35 florin
This specimen was lot 20275 in Ponterio sale 161 (Chicago, August 2011), where it sold for $14,950. The catalog description noted, "AUSTRALIA. Florin, 1934. Victoria & Melbourne Proof Florin. Centennial of Victoria and Melbourne. A similar example graded NGC PF-62 realized $14,950 in Goldberg's May 2007 sale. VERY RARE. NGC PROOF-62." The regular issue is scarce but the proof shown here is rare. Australia maintained the sterling silver standard until 1945, years after Great Britain had debased her coins to .500 fine.
Recorded mintage: 54,000.
Specification: 11.31 g, .925 fine silver, .336 troy oz ASW, designed by George Kruger-Gray.
Catalog reference: KM 33.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Ponterio, Rick, et al., Ponterio sale 161: The Chicago ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's-Bowers, LLC, 2011.