Great Britain 1879 florin
This specimen was lot 2372 in Goldberg sale 110 (Los Angeles, June 2019), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "Great Britain. Florin, 1879. Victoria. 48 arcs in border. Obverse: Wyon's 'Gothic' head of queen left. Reverse: Crowned cruciform shields. Gothic lettering. Uncirculated and very scarce. NGC graded MS-62." This florin was Britain's first attempt to decimalize the pound (1 florin = 2 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: 1,787,000 for 1878-79, plus proofs.
Specification: 11.31 g, 0.925 fine silver, 28.3 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: S.3897; ESC-851; KM-746.4.
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- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Bressett, Kenneth E., A Guide Book of English Coins, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, 2nd Ed., Racine, WI: Whitman Publishing, 1962.
- Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
- Rayner, P. Alan, and Maurice Bull, English Silver Coinage from 1649, 6th Ed., London: Spink & Son, 2015.
- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 110: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2019.