Florin George V First Issue, Coin Type from United Kingdom - detailed information

Florin George V First Issue, Coin Type from United Kingdom (issued 1911 - 1926)
Coin TypeFlorin George V First Issue

The pre-decimal florin (2s) was a unit of currency equalling two shillings, or one tenth of a pound sterling, or twenty-four pence. There were five types of florin issued before this one: the so-called Godless Florin (1848 and 1849), followed by the Gothic Florin (1851 - 1887), the Jubilee Florin (1887 - 1892), a florin featuring three shields (1893 - 1901), and then the Britannia Florin (1902 - 1910).

At the beginning of the reign of King George V in 1910, this new type was introduced featuring a cruciform with the Arms of England (repeated twice), Scotland and Ireland. The design was adapted from that of the short-lived Double Florin denomination (1887 - 1890). This coin type was was replaced by the second type of King George V florins in 1927.

The composition was Sterling Silver (0.925 silver) with 0.3364 oz ASW (ounce of Absolute Silver Weight) until 1919; in 1920, along with the rest of the silver coinage, it was debased to 50% silver. When the currency became decimal in 1971, by which point the denomination was already debased to copper-nickel, florins were re-denominated as ten new pence; they remained legal tender until 1993, when a smaller type of ten pence replaced them.

Obverse
United Kingdom / Florin George V First Issue - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin shows the bare (uncrowned) head of King George V facing left.

Below, on the neck truncation in small letters, are the designer's initials B.M. (for [Sir Edgar] Bertram Mackennal )

Around, the monarch's legend: GEORGIVS V D.G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:. Translated from Latin: George the Fifth, by the Grace of God, King of all the Britains, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India.

Obverse Inscription GEORGIVS V D.G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Reverse
United Kingdom / Florin George V First Issue - reverse photo

Within a beaded border, the reverse design features a cruciform of four crowned shields forming a cross around the Star of the Garter. The shields bear the arms of England (top and bottom): three lions "passant guardant", Scotland (right): a rampant lion, and Ireland (left): a harp.

In the angles are four sceptres dividing the shields, two surmounted by orbs, the others by a harp and a thistle.

Around above, divided by the crown on the top English shield, the denomination ONE FLORIN; around below, divided by the crown of the bottom English shield, the date of issue [year].

Reverse Inscription ONE FLORIN [year]
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Coin Type: Florin George V First Issue - (16) Coins
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Florin 1911 5,957,291 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D.G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Florin 1912 8,571,731 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D.G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Florin 1913 4,545,278 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D.G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Florin 1914 21,252,701 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D.G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Florin 1915 12,357,939 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D.G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Florin 1916 21,064,337 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D.G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Florin 1917 11,181,617 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D.G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Florin 1918 29,211,792 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D.G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Florin 1919 9,469,292 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D.G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Florin 1920 15,387,833 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D.G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Florin 1921 34,863,895 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D.G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Florin 1922 23,861,044 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D.G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Florin 1923 21,546,533 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D.G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Florin 1924 4,582,372 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D.G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Florin 1925 1,404,136 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D.G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Florin 1926 5,125,410 King George V - Bare Head GEORGIVS V D.G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
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Florin George V First Issue: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Sub-type ofFlorin (Two Shillings)
From1911
To1926
Face Value2 (x Shilling)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1993)
Material0.925 Silver
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationCoin Alignment (Axis 6)
Size28.3000 mm
Mass11.3100 g
Florin George V First Issue: Photos
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Coin - Florin (2 Shillings), George V, Great Britain, 1911
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Coin - Florin (2 Shillings), George V, Great Britain, 1911
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