Australia 1951 florin KM-47
The second specimen was part of lot 22105 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), which sold for $253. The catalog description noted, "Quartet of Uncirculated Commemorative Florins: (2) 1927 Parliament; 1951 Jubilee; and 1954 Royal Visit, all nice UNC." Australia maintained the sterling silver standard until 1945, years after Great Britain had debased her coins to .500 fine. This issue, honoring the jubilee of confederation, was extensively saved and is today much more available than the regular issue (KM 48). George VI died the next year.
Recorded mintage: 2,000,000 plus 10,068,000 of the regular issue (KM-48).
Specification: 11.31 g, .500 fine silver, .181 troy oz ASW, designed by George Kruger-Gray.
Catalog reference: KM 47.
- 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
- Tucker, Warren, Scott Cordry and John Kraljevich, Heritage Sale 3010: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.