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Coin: Florin 1953
Description

In 1953 in New Zealand 250,000 crowns, 120,000 half crowns, 250,000 florins, 200,000 shillings, 1,200,000 sixpences, 4,000,000 threepences, 2,400,000 pennies and 120,000 halfpence were struck.

All bore on the obverse the uncrowned effigy of Her Majesty by Mrs. Gillick, O.B.E., together with the inscription "QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND". The reverse designs of the denominations from the half penny to the half crown were unchanged, but the reverse design of the crown was new.

On the death of King George VI in 1952, Princess Elizabeth became Elizabeth II. She was Head of the Commonwealth and queen of seven independent Commonwealth countries: the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon. Her coronation was held on 2 June 1953 and her portrait, by Mary Gillick, appears on the New Zealand coinage from that year.

CountryNew Zealand CurrencyNew Zealand Pound
Face value2 (x Shilling) TypeFlorin (CuproNickel)
Year1953 CurrentNo (demonetised 2006)
Mintage257,000 (257000)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint London No mint mark 257,000 (257000)
MaterialCuproNickel DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)28.5000 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)11.3000
Obverse

Laureate bust of Queen Elizabeth II right; around, + QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND; artist's initials incuse on neck truncation, MG (Mary Gillick).

Obverse inscription QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND +
Reverse

A kiwi standing facing left; above, NEW ZEALAND; below, ONE FLORIN 1953; after the date in small letters the artist's initials KG (Kruger Gray).

Reverse inscription

NEW ZEALAND ONE FLORIN 1953

EdgeMilled Edge inscription

None

Notes

The Queen's effigy on the 1953 coins has a small variation from the standard in that there are no shoulder straps visible.

Reference to original information:

84th Annual Report of the Deputy Master and Comptroller of the Royal Mint 1953, p.8.:

"New Zealand - 250,000 crowns, 120,000 halfcrowns, 250,000 florins, 200,000 shillings, 1,200,000 sixpences, 4,000,000 threepences, 2,400,000 pennies and 120,000 halfpence were struck.

All bore on the obverse the uncrowned effigy of Her Majesty by Mrs. Gillick, O.B.E., together with the inscription "QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND". The reverse designs of the denominations from the halfpenny to the halfcrown were unchanged, but the reverse design of the crown was new.

It consisted of a Maori carving, surmounted by the crowned Royal Cypher, all between five-pointed stars, representing the Southern Cross, and the inscription "NEW ZEALAND CROWN 1953". Mr. T.H. Paget modeled the design in plaster according to a drawing from New Zealand. The design is illustrated in Plate A, Fig. 9.

7,000 specimen sets of all denominations were also supplied in cases."

Florin 1953: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof 7,000 (included in main number)
Matte proof unknown
Florin 1953: Photos
Florin 1953: Photo Proof Coin - Florin (2 Shillings), New Zealand, 1953
Proof Coin - Florin (2 Shillings), New Zealand, 1953
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Florin 1953: Photo Proof Coin - Florin (2 Shillings), New Zealand, 1953
Proof Coin - Florin (2 Shillings), New Zealand, 1953
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Proof.
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Florin 1953: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsNew Zealand KM# 28.1
Renniks, New Zealand Coinage Guide157
Australian Coin ChartNF21
Florin 1953: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description
Royal Mint 1953 Mint
Royal Mint 1953 Mintage Circulation and proof mintage
Reserve Bank of New Zealand 15 Oct 2014 Mintage link Combined mintage
John Bertrand, New Zealand Coin and Banknote Catalogue 1965 Mintage Combined mintage
Renniks, New Zealand Coinage Guide 1965 - 1966 Mintage Combined mintage
Australian Coin Chart 1966 Mintage Combined mintage
Royal Mint 1953 Varieties Proof
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Proof
John Bertrand, New Zealand Coin and Banknote Catalogue 1965 - Valuations
Renniks, New Zealand Coinage Guide 1965 - 1966 Valuations
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Florin 1953 / Best-effort future value guesstimates based on past value trends in currency: NZD. See FAQ before use!
Years
MintVarietyGrade201620172018
Royal Mint LondonBrilliant Uncirculated (BU) 80.70 78.00 75.30
Royal Mint LondonUncirculated (UNC) 89.44 88.73 88.02
Royal Mint LondonAlmost Uncirculated (aUNC) 48.67 47.72 46.77
Royal Mint LondonExtra Fine (EF, XF) 24.34 23.86 23.38
Royal Mint LondonVery Fine (VF) 7.79 7.63 7.48
Royal Mint LondonFine (F) 4.87 4.77 4.68
Florin 1953 / Best-effort future value guesstimates based on past value trends in currency: USD. See FAQ before use!
Years
MintVarietyGrade201620172018
Royal Mint LondonBrilliant Uncirculated (BU) 44.21 43.52 42.82
Royal Mint LondonUncirculated (UNC) 25.42 25.40 25.38
Royal Mint LondonExtra Fine (EF, XF) 11.79 11.60 11.42
Royal Mint LondonVery Fine (VF) 3.76 3.62 3.49
Royal Mint LondonFine (F) 1.88 1.81 1.74
Royal Mint LondonMatte proofProof 176.84 174.06 171.28
Royal Mint LondonProofProof 12.28 12.09 11.89
Historic values in NZD for Florin 1953 / Royal Mint London / (generated 10/2016). Inflation-corrected to 2015.
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Historic values in USD for Florin 1953 / Royal Mint London / (generated 10/2016). Inflation-corrected to 2015.
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Historic values in USD for Florin 1953 / Matte proof / Royal Mint London / (generated 10/2016). Inflation-corrected to 2015.
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Historic values in USD for Florin 1953 / Proof / Royal Mint London / (generated 10/2016). Inflation-corrected to 2015.
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Florin 1953: Links to sites that (may) sell similar coins
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Florin 1953: Some useful external links
Museums Victoria: Proof Coin - Florin (2 Shillings), New Zealand, 1953
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List of all (23) coins of type: New Zealand / Florin
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Florin 1941 Florin 1942 Florin 1943 Florin 1944 Florin 1945 Florin 1946
Florin 1947 Florin 1948 Florin 1949 Florin 1950 Florin 1951 Florin 1953
Florin 1961 Florin 1962 Florin 1963 Florin 1964 Florin 1965