New Zealand 1935 florin

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Heritage sale 3035, lot 31407
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 31407 in Heritage sale 3035 (Long Beach, September 2014), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "George V Proof Florin 1935 PR66 NGC. Flawless with medium-gray surfaces and beautiful underlying oil-slick iridescence. A popular issue featuring the Kiwi bird with a very small mintage of only 364 proof pieces, incredibly rare in this superior grade designation." New Zealand did not receive her own coinage until 1933, British coins being used heretofore. Issue of pennies and half pennies did not begin until 1940. This is a scarce date of a type struck 1933-36.

Recorded mintage: 755,000 plus 364 proofs.

Specification: 11.31 g, .500 fine silver, 28.58 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM-4.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, and Warren Tucker, Heritage Signature Auction 3035, World and Ancient Coins, featuring the FoxLair Collection and the Law Collection, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.

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