Australia 1954 florin KM-55
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 a Royal Visit, was extensively saved and is today slightly more available than the regular issue (KM 54).
Recorded mintage: 4,000,000 plus proofs plus 15,366,000 of the regular issue (KM-54).
Specification: 11.31 g, .500 fine silver, .181 troy oz ASW, designed by George Kruger-Gray.
Catalog reference: KM 55.
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- 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.