Double Florin 1887, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Double Florin 1887, Coin from United Kingdom (demonetised 1970)
CoinDouble Florin 1887

A double florin is a 4 shilling coin. Struck as part of a new coinage introduced for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria, 1837-1887.

The coins all shared a new obverse of the Queen, adapted from Boehm's own Jubillee medal. Both the new head and the new double-florin denomination proved unpopular. The head was replaced in 1893 and the denomination only struck until 1890. The reverse design was adapted from the 5 guinea coin of Queen Anne.

The florin had been introduced in 1849 as a step towards decimalisation of the coinage; it was one tenth of a pound.

MintRoyal Mint Mintage483,347
Obverse
United Kingdom / Double Florin 1887 - obverse photo

Bust of Queen Victoria facing left wearing the small imperial crown, long veil falling behind her head, pearl necklace and earring, Ribbon and Star of the Garter and the badge of the Imperial Order of India; in small raised letters on the bust truncation, the artist's initials J.E.B. (for Joseph Edgar Boehm); around, VICTORIA DEI GRATIA.

Obverse Inscription VICTORIA DEI GRATIA
Reverse
United Kingdom / Double Florin 1887 - reverse photo

Four crowned shields arranged to form a cross about the Star of the Garter, top and bottom bear the arms of England, right Scotland, left, Ireland; between the shields ar four sceptres, two surmounted with an orb, one with a thistle and one with a harp; around, BRITT: REG: 1887 FID: DEF:, the date being divided by the crown above the top English shield.

On some coins there is a Roman numeral I in the date instead of Arabic number 1 (I887 instead of 1887).

Reverse Inscription BRITT: REG: 1887 FID: DEF:
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Double Florin 1887: Known varieties
Variety Proof (Arabic 1 in date)
Mintage 2,916
Details

Estimated by Krause to have a mintage of 2,916.

Variety Proof (Roman I in date)
Mintage 1,084
Variety Roman I in date
Mintage unknown (included in total)
Double Florin 1887: References to Information Used
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Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage Regular and Proof (Roman I in date) mintage
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Mintage Proof (Arabic 1 in date)
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Roman I in date
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Varieties Proofs (Roman I in date and Arabic 1 in date)
Double Florin 1887: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
PeriodPound Sterling (pre-decimal) (1801 - 1971)
Coin TypeDouble Florin
Issued1887
MonarchQueen Victoria
EffigyPortrait by Joseph Edgar Boehm (Jubilee head)
Face Value4 (x Shilling)
Mintage483,347
CurrentNo (demonetised 1970)
Material0.925 Silver
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationReversed (Coin Alignment, Axis 6)
Size (mm)
Mass (g)22.6207
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Double Florin 1887: Photos
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Great Britain 1887 double florin
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Great Britain 1887 double florin
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Coin - Double-florin, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1887
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Coin - Double-florin, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1887
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Double Florin 1887: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 763
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom3923, 3922 (Roman I in date)