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Coin: Double Florin 1890
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
Year1890 CurrentNo
Mintage782,146 (782146)
Mints
NameMintageMint mark
Royal Mint 782,146 (782146) No mint mark
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: 1890 FID: DEF:, the date being divided by the crown above the top English shield.

Reverse inscription

BRITT: REG: 1890 FID: DEF:

EdgeMilled Edge inscription

None

Double Florin 1890: Photos
Double Florin 1890: Photo Great Britain 1890 double florin
Great Britain 1890 double florin
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Double Florin 1890: Photo Coin - Double-florin, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1890
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Double Florin 1890: Photo Coin - Double-florin, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1890
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Double Florin 1890: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 763
Spink/Seaby, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3923
Double Florin 1890: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museum Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage
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1890 Queen Victoria British Silver Double Florin - Silveragecoins.com
Double Florin 1890: Some useful external links
Museum Victoria Collections: Coin - Double-florin, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1890 Great Britain 1890 double florin - CoinFactsWiki
American Numismatic Society: Silver 2 florin, Great Britain
List of all (4) coins of type: United Kingdom / Double Florin
Double Florin 1887 Double Florin 1888 Double Florin 1889 Double Florin 1890