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Coin: Double Florin 1887
Description

A double florin is a 4 shilling coin. Struck as part of a new coinage introduced for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria, 1837-1887.

The coins all shared a new obverse of the Queen, adapted from Boehm's own Jubillee medal. Both the new head and the new double-florin denomination proved unpopular. The head was replaced in 1893 and the denomination only struck until 1890. The reverse design was adapted from the 5 guinea coin of Queen Anne.

The florin had been introduced in 1849 as a step towards decimalisation of the coinage; it was one tenth of a pound.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value4 (x Shilling) TypeDouble Florin
Year1887 CurrentNo
Mintage483,347 (483347)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark 483,347 (483347)
Material0.925 Silver Designer
MonarchQueen Victoria EffigyPortrait by Joseph Edgar Boehm (Jubilee head)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm) Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)22.6207
Obverse

Bust of Queen Victoria facing left wearing the small imperial crown, long veil falling behind her head, pearl necklace and earring, Ribbon and Star of the Garter and the badge of the Imperial Order of India; in small raised letters on the bust truncation, the artist's initials J.E.B. (for Joseph Edgar Boehm); around, VICTORIA DEI GRATIA.

Obverse inscription VICTORIA DEI GRATIA
Reverse

Four crowned shields arranged to form a cross about the Star of the Garter, top and bottom bear the arms of England, right Scotland, left, Ireland; between the shields ar four sceptres, two surmounted with an orb, one with a thistle and one with a harp; around, BRITT: REG: 1887 FID: DEF:, the date being divided by the crown above the top English shield.

On some coins there is a Roman numeral I in the date instead of Arabic number 1 (I887 instead of 1887).

Reverse inscriptionBRITT: REG: 1887 FID: DEF:
EdgeMilled Edge inscriptionNone
Double Florin 1887: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof (Arabic 1 in date) 2,916 (hover mouse for text)
Proof (Roman I in date) 1,084
Roman I in date unknown (included in main number)
Double Florin 1887: Photos
Double Florin 1887: Photo Great Britain 1887 double florin
Great Britain 1887 double florin
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Double Florin 1887: Photo Great Britain 1887 double florin
Great Britain 1887 double florin
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Double Florin 1887: Photo Coin - Double-florin, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1887
Coin - Double-florin, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1887
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Double Florin 1887: Photo Coin - Double-florin, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1887
Coin - Double-florin, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1887
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Double Florin 1887: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 763
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3923, 3922 (Roman I in date)
Double Florin 1887: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage Regular and Proof (Roman I in date) mintage
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Mintage Proof (Arabic 1 in date)
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Roman I in date
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Varieties Proofs (Roman I in date and Arabic 1 in date)
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Double Florin 1887: Links to sites that (may) sell similar coins
1887 Arabic 1 Queen Victoria British Silver Double Florin - Silveragecoins.com 1887 Roman I Queen Victoria British Silver Double Florin - Silveragecoins.com
Double Florin 1887: Some useful external links
Museums Victoria: Coin - Double-florin, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1887 Great Britain 1887 double florin - CoinFactsWiki
American Numismatic Society: Silver 2 florin, Great Britain
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List of all (4) coins of type: United Kingdom / Double Florin
Double Florin 1887 Double Florin 1888 Double Florin 1889 Double Florin 1890