United Kingdom: Coin Type Gothic Florin - detailed information

United Kingdom: Coin Type Gothic Florin (issued 1848 - 1887)
Coin TypeGothic Florin

The florin was introduced in 1849 as the first move towards decimalisation of the British coinage. It was 1/10th of a pound or 2 shillings.

This, the second issue, is known as the "Gothic florin" because of the use of Gothic lettering in the legend.

Composition: 0.925 silver (0.3364 oz ASW).

Obverse

Crowned bust of Queen Victoria facing left, the dress decorated with roses, thistles and shamrocks; at edge below the bust in small letters the artist's initials W.W. (for William Wyon); around in Gothic letters, Victoria d: g: brit: reg: f: d: and the date in Roman numerals, e.g. mdccclii for 1852.

Obverse InscriptionVictoria d: g: brit: reg: f: d: [year]
Reverse

Four crowned shields forming a cross around a rose, the shields bear the arms of England, top and bottom, Scotland at right and Ireland at left; between shields under arched canopy, two roses, a thistle and a shamrock; around above, One florin; around below, one tenth of a pound, in Gothic letters.

Reverse InscriptionOne florin one tenth of a pound
EdgeMilled
Edge InscriptionNone
All Coins of Type: Gothic Florin (35)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Florin 1851 1,540 Portrait by William Wyon (Gothic) Victoria d: g: brit: reg: f: d: mdcccli
Florin 1852 1,014,552 Portrait by William Wyon (Gothic) Victoria d: g: brit: reg: f: d: mdccclii
Florin 1853 3,919,950 Portrait by William Wyon (Gothic) Victoria d: g: brit: reg: f: d: mdcccliii
Florin 1854 550,413 Portrait by William Wyon (Gothic) Victoria d: g: brit: reg: f: d: mdcccliv
Florin 1855 831,017 Portrait by William Wyon (Gothic) Victoria d: g: brit: reg: f: d: mdccclv
Florin 1856 2,201,760 Portrait by William Wyon (Gothic) Victoria d: g: brit: reg: f: d: mdccclvi
Florin 1857 1,671,120 Portrait by William Wyon (Gothic) Victoria d: g: brit: reg: f: d: mdccclvii
Florin 1858 2,239,380 Portrait by William Wyon (Gothic) Victoria d: g: brit: reg: f: d: mdccclviii
Florin 1859 2,568,060 Portrait by William Wyon (Gothic) Victoria d: g: brit: reg: f: d: mdccclix
Florin 1860 1,475,100 Portrait by William Wyon (Gothic) Victoria d: g: brit: reg: f: d: mdccclx
Florin 1862 594,000 Portrait by William Wyon (Gothic) Victoria d: g: brit: reg: f: d: mdccclxii
Florin 1863 938,520 Portrait by William Wyon (Gothic) Victoria d: g: brit: reg: f: d: mdccclxiii
Florin 1864 1,861,200 Portrait by William Wyon (Gothic) Victoria d: g: brit: reg: f: d: mdccclxiv
Florin 1865 1,580,040 Portrait by William Wyon (Gothic) Victoria d: g: brit: reg: f: d: mdccclxv
Florin 1866 914,760 Portrait by William Wyon (Gothic) Victoria d: g: brit: reg: f: d: mdccclxvi
Florin 1867 423,720 Portrait by William Wyon (Gothic) Victoria d: g: brit: reg: f: d: mdccclxvii
Florin 1868 869,940 Portrait by William Wyon (Gothic) Victoria d: g: britt: reg: f: d: mdccclxviii
Florin 1869 297,000 Portrait by William Wyon (Gothic) Victoria d: g: britt: reg: f: d: mdccclxix
Florin 1870 1,080,648 Portrait by William Wyon (Gothic) Victoria d: g: britt: reg: f: d: mdccclxvxx
Florin 1871 3,425,605 Portrait by William Wyon (Gothic) Victoria d: g: britt: reg: f: d: mdccclxvxxi
Florin 1872 7,199,690 Portrait by William Wyon (Gothic) Victoria d: g: britt: reg: f: d: mdccclxvxxii
Florin 1873 5,921,839 Portrait by William Wyon (Gothic) Victoria d: g: britt: reg: f: d: mdccclxvxxiii
Florin 1874 1,642,630 Portrait by William Wyon (Gothic) Victoria d: g: britt: reg: f: d: mdccclxvxxiv
Florin 1875 1,117,030 Portrait by William Wyon (Gothic) Victoria d: g: britt: reg: f: d: mdccclxvxxv
Florin 1876 580,034 Portrait by William Wyon (Gothic) Victoria d: g: britt: reg: f: d: mdccclxvxxvi
Florin 1877 682,292 Portrait by William Wyon (Gothic) Victoria d: g: britt: reg: f: d: mdccclxvxxvii
Florin 1878 1,786,680 Portrait by William Wyon (Gothic) Victoria d: g: britt: reg: f: d: mdccclxvxxviii
Florin 1879 1,512,247 Portrait by William Wyon (Gothic) Victoria d: g: britt: reg: f: d: mdccclxvxxix
Florin 1880 2,161,170 Portrait by William Wyon (Gothic) Victoria d: g: britt: reg: f: d: mdccclxvxxx
Florin 1881 2,576,337 Portrait by William Wyon (Gothic) Victoria d: g: britt: reg: f: d: mdccclxvxxxi
Florin 1883 3,555,667 Portrait by William Wyon (Gothic) Victoria d: g: britt: reg: f: d: mdccclxvxxxiii
Florin 1884 1,447,379 Portrait by William Wyon (Gothic) Victoria d: g: britt: reg: f: d: mdccclxvxxxiv
Florin 1885 1,758,210 Portrait by William Wyon (Gothic) Victoria d: g: britt: reg: f: d: mdccclxvxxxv
Florin 1886 591,773 Portrait by William Wyon (Gothic) Victoria d: g: britt: reg: f: d: mdccclxvxxxvi
Florin 1887 Gothic 1,776,903 Portrait by William Wyon (Gothic) Victoria d: g: britt: reg: f: d: mdccclxvxxxvii
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Gothic Florin: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Sub-type ofFlorin
From1848
To1887
Face Value2 (x Shilling)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1993)
Material0.925 Silver
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)
Mass (g)11.3104
Gothic Florin: Photos
ImageDetails
Proof Coin - Florin, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1880
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Proof.
Source
Proof Coin - Florin, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1880
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Proof.
Source