Australia 1954 florin KM-54

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Heritage sale 3037, 29063
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This specimen was lot 29063 in Heritage sale 3037 (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $1,762.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Elizabeth II Florin 1954-(M) MS65 PCGS, Melbourne mint. Handsome, with attractive, dappled toning and virtually pristine surfaces that promote fully-raised devices. A gem example and a choice representative from this short-lived two year series. From The Prager Collection Of Australian Coins." Australia maintained the sterling silver standard until 1945, years after Great Britain had debased her coins to .500 fine. A commemorative honoring a Royal Visit (KM 55) was extensively saved and is today slightly more available than the regular issue (KM 54).

Recorded mintage: 15,366,000 plus a few proofs plus 4,000,000 of the Royal visit issue.

Specification: 11.31 g, .500 fine silver, 28.5 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 54.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3037, featuring the Empire, the Santa Catarina, the Law and the Santa Maria Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.

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