Two Shillings (Florin) 1953, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Two Shillings (Florin) 1953, Coin from United Kingdom (demonetised 1993)
CoinTwo Shillings (Florin) 1953

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage11,998,710 (12.0 million)
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Two Shillings (Florin) 1953 - obverse photo

Laureate bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, incuse on bust truncation the artist's initials M.G. (for Mary Gillick); around, the legend ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA BRITT: OMN: REGINA + (Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen of all the Britains).

The "all the Britains" part refers to all the British overseas colonies and possessions. This was only used in 1953 and was then dropped from the Queen's legend in order to reflect the new status of these lands in the British Commonwealth.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA BRITT: OMN: REGINA +
Reverse
United Kingdom / Two Shillings (Florin) 1953 - reverse photo

At centre, a rose; around, linked thistles, shamrocks and leeks; around above, the rest of the Queen's legend, FID: DEF: (Defender of the Faith); around below, TWO SHILLINGS 1953. Above the denomination in small letters, the designers' initials E.F and C.T (for Edgar Fuller and Cecil Thomas).

Reverse Inscription FID: DEF: TWO SHILLINGS 1953
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Two Shillings (Florin) 1953: Known varieties
Variety Proof
Mintage Issued: 40,000 (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". Not listed in Spink.

Two Shillings (Florin) 1953: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage Circulation and proof mintage
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Varieties link Proof
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Proof
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Varieties Proof, Matte proof
Showing 17 from a total of 117 coins of type: Florin
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) 1953: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Coin TypeFlorin Elizabeth II
Issued1953
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - First Portrait, by Mary Gillick
Face Value2 (x Shilling)
Circulation Mintage11,958,710 (12.0 million)
Total Mintage11,998,710 (12.0 million)
CurrentNo; demonetised 1993
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerEdgar Fuller and Cecil Thomas
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size28.300 mm
Mass11.310 g
OCC IDXGAV-POXA-CDRY-EMDY
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Two Shillings (Florin) 1953: Photos
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Proof Coin - Florin, Elizabeth II, Great Britain, 1953
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Proof Coin - Florin, Elizabeth II, Great Britain, 1953
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1953 Florin. Elizabeth II
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1953 Florin. Elizabeth II
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Two Shillings (Florin) 1953: Catalogue Reference IDs