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Coin: Florin 1953
Description

A silver coin (28 mm diameter with milled edge) featuring on the obverse a laureate bust of Elizabeth II facing right; around, ELIZABETH II . DEI . GRATIA . REGINA +

The reverse is 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; and below, in the exergue, the date, 1953 curved below which, AUSTRALIA. The artist's initials KG are in the field above the back of the emu.

This was the first issue for Elizabeth II.

Some specimens (proofs) were produced this year for official purposes only. According to CoinFactsWiki:

"Struck for Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation in 1953, a minuscule total of twelve, penny through florin, sets were officially produced at the Melbourne Mint, with the entire mintage ending up in the possession of the Chase Manhattan Bank in New York for their currency museum. Clearly, later deaccessioned or distributed, less than half of these have made their way to auction over the following six decades. The Halfpenny, missing from the standard Coronation set, was actually struck separately at the Perth mint (identified by the dot after Australia). While the true mintage remains unknown, its rarity likely even surpasses that of the sets."

CountryAustralia CurrencyAustralian Pound
Face value2 (x Shilling) TypeFlorin - Coat of Arms (50% silver)
Year1953 CurrentNo (demonetised 1966)
Mintage12,658,000 (12.7 million)
Mints
NameMintageMint mark
Melbourne Mint 12,658,000 (12.7 million) No mint mark
Material0.500 Silver DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)28.5000 Thickness (mm)2.5000
Mass (g)11.3100
Obverse

Bust of Queen Elizabeth II laureate right; around, + ELIZABETH . II . DEI . GRATIA . REGINA

Obverse inscription + ELIZABETH . II . DEI . GRATIA . REGINA
Reverse

The reverse is 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; and below, in the exergue, the date, 1953 curved below which, AUSTRALIA. The artist's initials KG are in the field above the back of the emu.

Reverse inscription

FLORIN 1953 AUSTRALIA

EdgeMilled Edge inscription

None

Notes

The Australian Coin Chart 1965 lists mintage of 13,466,000.

Florin 1953: Known varieties
VarietyMintageRarityDetails
Proof unknown
Longer denticles on reverse unknown (hover mouse for text)
Florin 1953: Photos
Florin 1953: Photo Proof Coin - Florin (2 Shillings), Specimen Strike, Australia, 1953
Proof Coin - Florin (2 Shillings), Specimen Strike, Australia, 1953
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Notes: Proof.
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Florin 1953: Photo Proof Coin - Florin (2 Shillings), Specimen Strike, Australia, 1953
Proof Coin - Florin (2 Shillings), Specimen Strike, Australia, 1953
Copyright: Museum Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Proof.
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Florin 1953: Photo Australia 1953 florin
Australia 1953 florin
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Author:
Notes: Proof.
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Florin 1953: Photo Australia 1953 florin
Australia 1953 florin
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Author:
Notes: Proof.
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Florin 1953: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 54
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote ValuesF45 (normal) and F45A (Longer denticles variety)
Australian Coin ChartF51 (normal) and F51a (Longer denticles variety)
Florin 1953: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museum Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mint
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mintage
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Varieties Longer denticles
Australian Coin Chart 1965 Varieties Longer denticles
Museum Victoria Collections 2016 Varieties link Proof
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Florin 1953: Links to sites that (may) sell similar coins
1953(m) Elizabeth II Australian Silver Florin - Silveragecoins.com
Florin 1953: Some useful external links
Cruzi's Coins: Australian Florins: 1953 Australian Silver Florin Australia 1953 florin - CoinFactsWiki
Museum Victoria Collections: Proof Coin - Florin (2 Shillings), Specimen Strike, Australia, 1953 TDK Australian Pre-Decimal coins: 1953 Australian Florin
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