Florin, Coin Type from Australia - detailed information

Florin, Coin Type from Australia (issued 1910 - 1963)
Coin TypeFlorin

The Australian florin was a coin used in the Commonwealth of Australia before decimalisation in 1966. The denomination was first minted in 1910, to the same size and weight as the United Kingdom florin. Florins minted from 1910 to 1945 were produced with a .925 sterling silver content, weighing 11.31 g (0.3636 troy ounces) with an actual silver weight (ASW) of 10.46 grams (0.3363 ozt). Florins minted between 1946 and 1963 were produced with a .500 silver content, weighing 11.31 g with an ASW of 5.65 g (0.1818 ozt).

The florin was worth 24 pence, two shillings or a tenth of a pound. The coin was minted until 1963, with some years of omission. When Australia decimalised on 14 February 1966 the florin was equal to 20ยข.

During World War II, between 1942-1944, florin production was supplemented by coinage produced at the San Francisco branch of the United States Mint. These coins bear a small "S" mint mark below the Australian coat of arms.

The image on the reverse of the coin was the Coat of Arms of Australia (except for commemorative coins). This comes in two forms, all with the kangaroo, emu and the shield containing the coat of arms. Those issued between 1910 and 1936 have a star above the Coat of Arms, and the Southern Cross within the shield. Those issued between 1938 and 1963 have the royal crown above, the six states represented in the shield and wattle plant as a background.

Obverse

Effigy of the monarch, legend.

Throughout the history of the coin, monarchs were: King Edward VII, King George V, king George VI and Queen Elizabeth II.

No florin coins were issued during the reign of King Edward VIII.

Obverse InscriptionLegend of the monarch.
Reverse

Reverse Inscription
EdgeMilled
Edge InscriptionNone
Notes

If you keep your coins in 2x2 cardboard holders, the best size for florins is 30mm.

All Coins of Type: Florin (52)
Coin NameReverseObverseDetails
Florin 1910 Australia / Florin 1910 - reverse photo Australia / Florin 1910 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,259,250
Florin 1911 Australia / Florin 1911 - reverse photo Australia / Florin 1911 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 950,000
Florin 1912 Australia / Florin 1912 - reverse photo Australia / Florin 1912 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,000,000
Florin 1913 Australia / Florin 1913 - reverse photo Australia / Florin 1913 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,200,000
Florin 1914 Australia / Florin 1914 - reverse photo Australia / Florin 1914 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mints:
- Royal Mint: 2,300,000
- Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint): 500,000
Total Mintage: 2,800,000
Florin 1915 Australia / Florin 1915 - reverse photo Australia / Florin 1915 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mints:
- Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint): 750,000
- Royal Mint London: 500,000
Total Mintage: 1,250,000
Florin 1916 Australia / Florin 1916 - reverse photo Australia / Florin 1916 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 2,752,025
Florin 1917 Australia / Florin 1917 - reverse photo Australia / Florin 1917 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 4,305,000
Florin 1918 Australia / Florin 1918 - reverse photo Australia / Florin 1918 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 2,095,000
Florin 1919 Australia / Florin 1919 - reverse photo Australia / Florin 1919 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 1,677,000
Florin 1920 (pattern) Australia / Florin 1920 (pattern) - reverse photo Australia / Florin 1920 (pattern) - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: unknown
Florin 1921 Australia / Florin 1921 - reverse photo Australia / Florin 1921 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,247,112
Florin 1922 Australia / Florin 1922 - reverse photo Australia / Florin 1922 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 2,057,858
Florin 1923 Australia / Florin 1923 - reverse photo Australia / Florin 1923 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 1,038,464
Florin 1924 Australia / Florin 1924 - reverse photo Australia / Florin 1924 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mints:
- Melbourne Mint: unknown
- Sydney Mint: unknown
Total Mintage: 1,582,674
Florin 1925 Australia / Florin 1925 - reverse photo Australia / Florin 1925 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mints:
- Melbourne Mint: unknown
- Sydney Mint: unknown
Total Mintage: 2,960,000
Florin 1926 Australia / Florin 1926 - reverse photo Australia / Florin 1926 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mints:
- Melbourne Mint: unknown
- Sydney Mint: unknown
Total Mintage: 2,487,250
Florin 1927 Parliament House Australia / Florin 1927 Parliament House - reverse photo Australia / Florin 1927 Parliament House - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 2,000,400
Florin 1927 Australia / Florin 1927 - reverse photo Australia / Florin 1927 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 1,420,970
Florin 1928 Australia / Florin 1928 - reverse photo Australia / Florin 1928 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 1,962,000
Florin 1931 Australia / Florin 1931 - reverse photo Australia / Florin 1931 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 3,129,682
Florin 1932 Australia / Florin 1932 - reverse photo Australia / Florin 1932 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 188,000
Florin 1933 Australia / Florin 1933 - reverse photo Australia / Florin 1933 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 488,000
Florin 1934-1935 Centenary of Victoria Australia / Florin 1934-1935 Centenary of Victoria - reverse photo Australia / Florin 1934-1935 Centenary of Victoria - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 75,000
Florin 1934 Australia / Florin 1934 - reverse photo Australia / Florin 1934 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 1,674,100
Florin 1935 Australia / Florin 1935 - reverse photo Australia / Florin 1935 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 915,000
Florin 1936 Australia / Florin 1936 - reverse photo Australia / Florin 1936 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 2,382,000
Florin 1937 (pattern) Australia / Florin 1937 (pattern) - reverse photo Australia / Florin 1937 (pattern) - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: unknown
Florin 1938 Australia / Florin 1938 - reverse photo Australia / Florin 1938 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 2,990,250
Florin 1939 Australia / Florin 1939 - reverse photo Australia / Florin 1939 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 630,000
Florin 1940 Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 8,410,000
Florin 1941 Australia / Florin 1941 - reverse photo Australia / Florin 1941 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 7,694,000
Florin 1942 Australia / Florin 1942 - reverse photo Australia / Florin 1942 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mints:
- Melbourne Mint: 17,986,000
- San Francisco Mint: 6,000,000
Total Mintage: 23,986,000
Florin 1943 Australia / Florin 1943 - reverse photo Australia / Florin 1943 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mints:
- Melbourne Mint: 12,762,000
- San Francisco Mint: 11,000,000
Total Mintage: 23,762,000
Florin 1944 Australia / Florin 1944 - reverse photo Australia / Florin 1944 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mints:
- Melbourne Mint: 22,440,000
- San Francisco Mint: 11,000,000
Total Mintage: 33,440,000
Florin 1945 Australia / Florin 1945 - reverse photo Australia / Florin 1945 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 11,970,000
Florin 1946 Australia / Florin 1946 - reverse photo Australia / Florin 1946 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 22,154,000
Florin 1947 Australia / Florin 1947 - reverse photo Australia / Florin 1947 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 39,292,800
Florin 1951 Australia / Florin 1951 - reverse photo Australia / Florin 1951 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 10,068,000
Florin 1951 Federation Jubilee Australia / Florin 1951 Federation Jubilee - reverse photo Australia / Florin 1951 Federation Jubilee - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 2,000,000
Florin 1952 Australia / Florin 1952 - reverse photo Australia / Florin 1952 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 10,044,000
Florin 1953 Australia / Florin 1953 - reverse photo Australia / Florin 1953 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 12,658,000
Florin 1954 Australia / Florin 1954 - reverse photo Australia / Florin 1954 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 15,366,000
Florin 1954 Royal Visit Australia / Florin 1954 Royal Visit - reverse photo Australia / Florin 1954 Royal Visit - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 4,000,000
Florin 1956 Australia / Florin 1956 - reverse photo Australia / Florin 1956 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 8,091,500
Florin 1957 Australia / Florin 1957 - reverse photo Australia / Florin 1957 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 9,279,256
Florin 1958 Australia / Florin 1958 - reverse photo Australia / Florin 1958 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 8,973,506
Florin 1959 Australia / Florin 1959 - reverse photo Australia / Florin 1959 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 3,501,506
Florin 1960 Australia / Florin 1960 - reverse photo Australia / Florin 1960 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 15,761,509
Florin 1961 Australia / Florin 1961 - reverse photo Australia / Florin 1961 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 9,453,506
Florin 1962 Australia / Florin 1962 - reverse photo Australia / Florin 1962 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 13,750,016
Florin 1963 Australia / Florin 1963 - reverse photo Australia / Florin 1963 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 12,004,000
Florin: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Pound
Sub-types Florin - 1908 Coat of Arms
Florin 1927 - Parliament House
Florin 1934-35 - Centenary of Melbourne
Florin - Coat of Arms
Florin 1951 - Federation Jubilee
Florin 1954 - Royal Visit
From1910
To1963
Face Value2 (x Shilling)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1966)
MaterialSilver
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)28.5000
Thickness (mm)2.5000
Mass (g)11.3100
Florin: Photos
ImageDetails
Australia 1913 florin
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Author:
Notes: 1908 Coat of Arms (1910 - 1936).
Source
Proof Coin - Florin (2 Shillings), Opening of Parliament House, Canberra Florin, Australia, 1927
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Author:
Notes: Parliament House (1927).
Source
Australia 1934-35 florin
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Author:
Notes: Melbourne and Victoria Centenary (1934/5).
Source
Australia 1938 florin
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Author:
Notes: 1912 Coat of Arms (1937 -1963).
Source
Pattern Coin - Florin (2 Shillings), Jubilee of Federation 1901-1951, Australia, 1951
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Author:
Notes: Federation Jubilee (1951).
Source
Proof Coin - Florin (2 Shillings), Royal Visit of Queen Elizabeth II, Australia, 1954
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Author:
Notes: Royal Visit (1954).
Source
Australia 1910 florin
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Author:
Notes: King Edward VII (1910).
Source
Australia 1911 florin
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Author:
Notes: King George V (1911 - 1936).
Source
Proof Coin - Florin (2 Shillings), Opening of Parliament House, Canberra Florin, Australia, 1927
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Author:
Notes: King George V, shortened portrait (1927).
Source
Australia 1934-35 florin
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Author:
Notes: George V King Emperor (1934/5).
Source
Australia 1938 florin
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Author:
Notes: King George VI, Emperor of India (1938 - 1947).
Source
Proof Coin - Florin (2 Shillings), Specimen Strike, Australia, 1952
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Author:
Notes: King George VI (1951 - 1952).
Source
Australia 1953 florin
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Author:
Notes: Queen Elizabeth II (1953 - 1954).
Source
Australia 1960 florin
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Author:
Notes: Queen Elizabeth II, Defender of the Faith (1954 - 1963).
Source