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Coin: Florin 1937 (pattern)
Description

A silver pattern coin (28 mm diameter with milled edge) with the obverse removed by a lathe.

The reverse features the Arms of the Commonwealth of Australia, as authorised by Royal Warrant 19 September 1912 - composed of a shield divided into six parts, each containing a representation of the badge of a State. The shield is supported by a kangaroo and an emu standing on a grassy mound accompanied by small branches of wattle. Above the shield is a crown. Around above, FLORIN between two seven pointed stars; and below, in the exergue, the date, 1937 curved below which, AUSTRALIA. The artist's initials KG are in the field above the back of the emu. Sterling silver (.925 fine).

According to the Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1649 - 1971, "10 to 15 are known".

CountryAustralia CurrencyAustralian Pound
Face value2 (x Shilling) TypeFlorin - Coat of Arms (Sterling silver)
Year1937 CurrentNo (demonetised 1966)
Mintageunknown
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint London No mint mark unknown
Material0.925 Silver DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)28.5000 Thickness (mm)2.5000
Mass (g)11.3100
Obverse

This pattern was a trial for the new florin reverse, the obverse may have had the portrait of Edward VIII who abdicated. It was removed with a lathe so the coin is now uniface.

Obverse inscription

None (machined off)

Reverse

Based on the arms of the Commonwealth of Australia, as authorised by Royal Warrant 19 September 1912 - composed of a shield divided into six parts, each containing a representation of the badge of a State (although that of South Australia is depicted as three sheaves of wheat above a rising sun instead of the authorised Piping Shrike).

The shield is supported by a kangaroo and an emu standing on a grassy mound accompanied by small branches of wattle. Above the shield is a crown instead of the Federation star. Around above, FLORIN between two seven pointed stars; below, in the exergue, the date, 1937 curved below which, AUSTRALIA. The artist's initials KG are in the field above the back of the emu.

Reverse inscription

FLORIN 1937 AUSTRALIA

EdgeMilled Edge inscription

None

Notes

Not listed in the Krause catalogues.

Florin 1937 (pattern): Photos
Florin 1937 (pattern): Photo Pattern Coin - Florin (2 Shillings), Australia, 1937
Pattern Coin - Florin (2 Shillings), Australia, 1937
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Florin 1937 (pattern): Photo Pattern Coin - Florin (2 Shillings), Australia, 1937
Pattern Coin - Florin (2 Shillings), Australia, 1937
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Florin 1937 (pattern): References to Information Used
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Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Mint link
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Florin 1937 (pattern): Some useful external links
Museums Victoria: Pattern Coin - Florin (2 Shillings), Australia, 1937
List of all (52) coins of type: Australia / Florin
Florin 1910 Florin 1911 Florin 1912 Florin 1913 Florin 1914 Florin 1915
Florin 1916 Florin 1917 Florin 1918 Florin 1919 Florin 1920 (pattern) Florin 1921
Florin 1922 Florin 1923 Florin 1924 Florin 1925 Florin 1926 Florin 1927
Florin 1927 Parliament House Florin 1928 Florin 1931 Florin 1932 Florin 1933 Florin 1934
Florin 1934-1935 Centenary of Victoria Florin 1935 Florin 1936 Florin 1937 (pattern) Florin 1938 Florin 1939
Florin 1940 Florin 1941 Florin 1942 Florin 1943 Florin 1944 Florin 1945
Florin 1946 Florin 1947 Florin 1951 Florin 1951 Federation Jubilee Florin 1952 Florin 1953
Florin 1954 Florin 1954 Royal Visit Florin 1956 Florin 1957 Florin 1958 Florin 1959
Florin 1960 Florin 1961 Florin 1962 Florin 1963