Great Britain 1893 florin
This specimen was lot 25028 in Heritage sale 3015 (Long Beach, September 2011), where it sold for $3,737.50. The catalog description noted, "Victoria Proof Florin 1893, Old or Veiled Head, PR67 NGC, Superb Gem Proof with vivid, deep neon-blue iridescent toning, producing stunning eye-appeal. Among the finest known." This bust of the queen was used from 1893 until her death in 1901. The type is fairly common but this is the only date for which proofs are listed. A florin was two shillings or one-tenth of a pound; the denomination was introduced in 1848.
Recorded mintage: 1,666,000 plus 1,312 proofs.
Specification: 11.31 g, .925 fine silver, .336 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: S3939, KM 781.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th 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.
- Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3015, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2011.