New Zealand: Coin Florin 1953 - detailed information

New Zealand: Coin Florin 1953
CoinFlorin 1953

In 1953 in New Zealand 250,000 crowns, 120,000 half crowns, 250,000 florins, 200,000 shillings, 1,200,000 sixpences, 4,000,000 threepences, 2,400,000 pennies and 120,000 halfpence were struck.

All bore on the obverse the uncrowned effigy of Her Majesty by Mrs. Gillick, O.B.E., together with the inscription "QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND". The reverse designs of the denominations from the half penny to the half crown were unchanged, but the reverse design of the crown was new.

On the death of King George VI in 1952, Princess Elizabeth became Elizabeth II. She was Head of the Commonwealth and queen of seven independent Commonwealth countries: the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon. Her coronation was held on 2 June 1953 and her portrait, by Mary Gillick, appears on the New Zealand coinage from that year.

MintRoyal Mint
Obverse
New Zealand / Florin 1953 - obverse photo

Laureate bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (the effigy by Mary Gillick known as the "First portrait"); the designer's initials, M.G., appear incuse on the base of the neck truncation. The monarch's legend QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND + runs continuously all around the bust.

Obverse Inscription QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND +
Reverse
New Zealand / Florin 1953 - reverse photo

A kiwi bird standing, facing left; around above, NEW ZEALAND; around below, the value and date ONE FLORIN 1953; in small letters to right of date the artist's initials KG (for [George] Kruger Gray).

Reverse Inscription NEW ZEALAND ONE FLORIN 1953
EdgeMilled
Edge InscriptionNone
Notes

The Queen's effigy on the 1953 coins has a small variation from the standard in that there are no shoulder straps visible.

Reference to original information:

84th Annual Report of the Deputy Master and Comptroller of the Royal Mint 1953, p.8.:

"New Zealand - 250,000 crowns, 120,000 halfcrowns, 250,000 florins, 200,000 shillings, 1,200,000 sixpences, 4,000,000 threepences, 2,400,000 pennies and 120,000 halfpence were struck.

All bore on the obverse the uncrowned effigy of Her Majesty by Mrs. Gillick, O.B.E., together with the inscription "QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND". The reverse designs of the denominations from the halfpenny to the halfcrown were unchanged, but the reverse design of the crown was new.

It consisted of a Maori carving, surmounted by the crowned Royal Cypher, all between five-pointed stars, representing the Southern Cross, and the inscription "NEW ZEALAND CROWN 1953". Mr. T.H. Paget modeled the design in plaster according to a drawing from New Zealand. The design is illustrated in Plate A, Fig. 9.

7,000 specimen sets of all denominations were also supplied in cases."

Florin 1953: Known varieties
Variety Proof New Zealand / Florin 1953 / Proof - obverse photo New Zealand / Florin 1953 / Proof - reverse photo
Mintage 7,000 (included in total)
Variety Matte proof
Mintage unknown
Florin 1953: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description
Royal Mint 1953 Mint
Royal Mint 1953 Mintage Circulation and proof mintage
Reserve Bank of New Zealand 15 Oct 2014 Mintage link Combined mintage
John Bertrand, New Zealand Coin and Banknote Catalogue 1965 Mintage Combined mintage
Renniks, New Zealand Coinage Guide 1965 - 1966 Mintage Combined mintage
Australian Coin Chart 1966 Mintage Combined mintage
Royal Mint 1953 Varieties Proof
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Proof
John Bertrand, New Zealand Coin and Banknote Catalogue 1965 - Valuations
Renniks, New Zealand Coinage Guide 1965 - 1966 Valuations
Florin 1953 / Best-effort future value guesstimates based on past value trends in currency: New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
MintVarietyGrade2018201920202021
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Royal MintUncirculated (UNC) 93.22 93.72 94.21 94.70
Royal MintAlmost Uncirculated (aUNC) 49.00 48.23 47.46 46.70
Royal MintExtra Fine (EF, XF) 24.50 24.12 23.73 23.35
Royal MintVery Fine (VF) 7.84 7.72 7.59 7.47
Royal MintFine (F) 4.90 4.82 4.75 4.67
Florin 1953 / Best-effort future value guesstimates based on past value trends in currency: US Dollar (USD)
MintVarietyGrade2018201920202021
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Royal MintMatte proofProof 159.32 153.78 148.24 142.70
Royal MintProofProof 11.17 10.80 10.43 10.06
Royal MintBrilliant Uncirculated (BU) 37.44 35.64 33.83 32.03
Royal MintUncirculated (UNC) 20.97 20.15 19.32 18.49
Royal MintExtra Fine (EF, XF) 10.38 10.07 9.76 9.45
Royal MintVery Fine (VF) 3.72 3.65 3.57 3.49
Royal MintFine (F) 2.03 2.02 2.00 1.99
Historic values in NZD for Florin 1953 / Royal Mint / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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Historic values in USD for Florin 1953 / Royal Mint / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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Historic values in USD for Florin 1953 / Matte proof / Royal Mint / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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Historic values in USD for Florin 1953 / Proof / Royal Mint / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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All Coins of Country: New Zealand, Type: Florin (23)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Florin 1933 2,100,020 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Bust) GEORGE V KING EMPEROR
Florin 1934 2,850,020 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Bust) GEORGE V KING EMPEROR
Florin 1935 755,364 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Bust) GEORGE V KING EMPEROR
Florin 1936 150,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Bust) GEORGE V KING EMPEROR
Florin 1937 1,190,200 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Florin 1940 500,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Florin 1941 820,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Florin 1942 150,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Florin 1943 1,400,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Florin 1944 140,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Florin 1945 515,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Florin 1946 1,200,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Florin 1947 2,500,020 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Florin 1948 1,750,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget KING GEORGE THE SIXTH
Florin 1949 3,500,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget KING GEORGE THE SIXTH
Florin 1950 3,500,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget KING GEORGE THE SIXTH
Florin 1951 2,000,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget KING GEORGE THE SIXTH
Florin 1953 257,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND +
Florin 1961 1,500,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND +
Florin 1962 1,500,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND +
Florin 1963 100,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND +
Florin 1964 2,000,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND
Florin 1965 9,475,010 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND +
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Florin 1953: Details
CountryNew Zealand
CurrencyNew Zealand Pound
Coin TypeFlorin (CuproNickel)
Issued1953
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyPortrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait)
Face Value2 (x Shilling)
CurrentNo (demonetised 2006)
Mintage257,000
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)28.5000
Mass (g)11.3000
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Florin 1953: Photos
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Proof Coin - Florin (2 Shillings), New Zealand, 1953
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Proof Coin - Florin (2 Shillings), New Zealand, 1953
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Florin 1953: Catalogue Reference IDs