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).
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.
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.