Double Florin 1889, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Double Florin 1889, Coin from United Kingdom (demonetised 1970)
CoinDouble Florin 1889

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 Mintage1,185,111
United Kingdom / Double Florin 1889 - 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
United Kingdom / Double Florin 1889 - 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: 1889 FID: DEF:, the date being divided by the crown above the top English shield.

Reverse Inscription BRITT: REG: 1889 FID: DEF:
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Double Florin 1889: Known varieties
Variety Inverted 1 for second I in VICTORIA
Mintage unknown (included in total)
Double Florin 1889: References to Information Used
Double Florin 1889: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
PeriodPound Sterling (pre-decimal) (1801 - 1971)
Coin TypeDouble Florin
MonarchQueen Victoria
EffigyPortrait by Joseph Edgar Boehm (Jubilee head)
Face Value4 (x Shilling)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1970)
Material0.925 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationReversed (Coin Alignment, Axis 6)
Size (mm)
Mass (g)22.6207
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Double Florin 1889: Photos
Coin - Double-florin, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1889
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Coin - Double-florin, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1889
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Double Florin 1889: Catalogue Reference IDs