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Coin: Double Florin 1888
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
Year1888 CurrentNo
Mintage243,340 (243340)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark 243,340 (243340)
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: 1888 FID: DEF:, the date being divided by the crown above the top English shield.

Reverse inscriptionBRITT: REG: 1888 FID: DEF:
EdgeMilled Edge inscriptionNone
Double Florin 1888: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Inverted 1 for second I in VICTORIA unknown (included in main number)
Double Florin 1888: Photos
Double Florin 1888: Photo Coin - Double-florin, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1888
Coin - Double-florin, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1888
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Double Florin 1888: Photo Coin - Double-florin, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1888
Coin - Double-florin, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1888
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
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Double Florin 1888: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 763
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3923
Double Florin 1888: 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
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom Varieties Inverted 1
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Double Florin 1888: Links to sites that (may) sell similar coins
1888 Queen Victoria British Silver Double Florin - Silveragecoins.com 1888 inverted 1 Queen Victoria British Silver Double Florin - Silveragecoins.com
Double Florin 1888: Some useful external links
Museums Victoria: Coin - Double-florin, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1888
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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