Great Britain 1849 florin

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Goldberg sale 72, lot 5730
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This specimen was lot 5680 in Goldberg sale 72 (Los Angeles, February 2013), where it sold for $299. The catalog description[1] noted, "Great Britain. Florin, 1849. Victoria. 'Godless' type. NGC graded Uncirculated, Details (Surface Hairlines)." The early 1840's saw a vigorous debate among government officials on the merits of decimalizing the cumbersome British coinage. This was not achieved until the 1960's but a new coin was introduced in 1848, the florin, worth two shillings or one-tenth of a pound. It proved popular and was struck in considerable numbers but it did not displace the half crown or crown. The "Godless" type, a misguided attempt to simplify the royal titles, was struck 1848-49 only.

Recorded mintage: 414,000 plus proofs.

Specification: 11.31 g, .925 fine silver, .336 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: S.3890; KM-745.


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  • [1]Ira and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg sale 72: The Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles, CA: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 2013.

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