Two Shillings (Florin) 1951, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Two Shillings (Florin) 1951, Coin from United Kingdom (demonetised 1993)
CoinTwo Shillings (Florin) 1951

The pre-decimal florin (2s) was a unit of currency equalling two shillings, or one tenth of a pound sterling, or twenty-four pence. There were eight types of florin issued before this one: the so-called Godless Florin (1848 and 1849), followed by the Gothic Florin (1851 - 1887), the Jubilee Florin (1887 - 1892), a florin featuring three shields (1893 - 1901), the Britannia Florin (1902 - 1910), the first florin issue of King George V (1911 - 1926), the second florin issue of King George V (1927 - 1936), and the silver florin of King George VI (1937 - 1946).

In 1947, together with the rest of the silver coinage, the denomination was debased to copper-nickel; it retained the same design and continued to be issued with it until 1951. It was re-designed at the beginning of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.

When the currency became decimal in 1971, florins were re-denominated as ten new pence; they remained legal tender until 1993, when a smaller type of ten pence replaced them. Thus, a florin coin issued in 1951 was legal tender for 42 years.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage27,431,747 (27.4 million)
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Two Shillings (Florin) 1951 - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin shows the bare (uncrowned) head of King George VI facing left.

Below the neck truncation in small letters, the artist's initials HP (for [Thomas] Humphrey Paget).

Around, the monarch's legend: GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX. Translated from Latin: George the Sixth, by the Grace of God, King of all the Britains.

Obverse Inscription GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Reverse
United Kingdom / Two Shillings (Florin) 1951 - reverse photo

The reverse design features a rose (the floral symbol of England) crowned with the Crown of Saint Edward, dividing a thistle (the floral symbol of Scotland) above the letter G (for Georgivs - George) and a shamrock (the floral symbol of Ireland) above the letter R (for Rex - King).

Around above, the continuation of the monarch's legend from the obverse: : FID : : DEF : (Defender of the Faith).

Around below, the denomination TWO SHILLINGS, and the date: 1951.

Reverse Inscription : FID : : DEF : TWO SHILLINGS 1951
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Two Shillings (Florin) 1951: Known varieties
Variety Proof
Mintage Issued: 20,000 (included in total)
Variety Matte proof
Mintage Issued: unknown
Details

According to Krause, "There are reportedly 1-2 known of this variety, struck specifically for use in photographs". According to Spink, "of the highest rarity".

Two Shillings (Florin) 1951: References to Information Used
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Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage Circulation and proof mintage
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Proof
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom Varieties Proof, Matte proof
Showing 17 from a total of 117 coins of type: Florin (Two Shillings)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Two Shillings (Florin) 1951 27,431,747 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
Two Shillings (Florin) 1953 11,998,710 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA BRITT: OMN: REGINA
Two Shillings (Florin) 1954 13,085,422 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Two Shillings (Florin) 1955 25,887,253 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Two Shillings (Florin) 1956 47,824,500 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Two Shillings (Florin) 1957 33,071,282 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Two Shillings (Florin) 1958 9,564,580 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Two Shillings (Florin) 1959 14,080,319 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Two Shillings (Florin) 1960 13,831,782 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Two Shillings (Florin) 1961 37,735,315 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Two Shillings (Florin) 1962 35,129,903 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Two Shillings (Florin) 1963 25,580,000 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Two Shillings (Florin) 1964 16,313,000 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Two Shillings (Florin) 1965 48,723,000 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Two Shillings (Florin) 1966 84,574,000 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Two Shillings (Florin) 1967 22,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Two Shillings (Florin) 1970 (Proof only) 750,476 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait + ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
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Two Shillings (Florin) 1951: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Coin TypeFlorin George VI (CuproNickel)
Issued1951
MonarchKing George VI
EffigyKing George VI - Bare Head, by Thomas Humphrey Paget
Face Value2 (x Shilling)
Circulation Mintage27,411,747 (27.4 million)
Total Mintage27,431,747 (27.4 million)
CurrentNo; demonetised 1993
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size28.3000 mm
Mass11.3100 g
OCC IDWLGV-BELD-CWPP-EMPX
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Two Shillings (Florin) 1951: Photos
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George VI, Cupro-nickel Florin,1951
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George VI, Cupro-nickel Florin,1951
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