Great Britain 1860 florin

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Heritage sale 3037, lot 29711
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This specimen was lot 29711 in Heritage sale 3037 (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $1,410. The catalog description[1] noted, "Victoria Gothic Florin 1860 MS64+ PCGS, Royal mint. The second finest graded by PCGS, with two finer graded by NGC. A dark toning spot behind the head of Victoria is the only thing that distracts the eye very attractive piece. Steel-gray toning with subtle blue iridescence and underlying luster make this a really premium example of the type." This florin was Britain's first attempt to decimalize the pound (one florin = two shillings = 1/10 pound). It must have been popular, as it was struck in several variations 1848-87. There was even a brief issue of double florins. Full decimalization would have to wait until the 1960's, when the florin became the ten pence coin.

Recorded mintage: 1,475,000.

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

Catalog reference: KM 746.1, S-3891.


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