Great Britain 1862 florin
This specimen was lot 21137 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $720. The catalog description noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Florin (2 Shillings), 1862. NGC AU-53. Gently circulated with pale golden and lilac tone over the surfaces. A highly elusive key date florin, especially when found with highpoint detail that approaches full." 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. This specimen realized about a third of its catalog value.
Recorded mintage: 594,000.
Specification: 11.31 g, .925 fine silver, .336 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: S-3891; KM-746.1.
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