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1939 George VI British Silver Florin

Obverse
Reverse

Item Notes

General

Type: George VI British Silver Florin 
Origin: Great Britain  Cat. Num.: KM# 855 
Era / Ruler: Pre-decimal system, George VI 
Years: 1937-1946  Face value: 2 Shillings (Florin) 
Desgr. / Engr.: H. Paget, K. Gray 
Obverse: George VI head left 
Reverse: Crowned Tudor rose, thistle, letter G, and shamrock, letter R flanking 
Edge: Reeded 

Issue

Year:
1939
Mint: The Royal Mint 
Mintage: 20,851,000 
Scarcity:
Valuation:
 
Notes:  
Grades & Prices Available 
 
(VF-) Sold
(EF+) Sold
(AU) Sold
(UNC) Sold

Specifications

Alignment:
Medal 
 
Composition: Silver 
Fineness: 0.5000 
Weight(g): 11.3104g 
Weight(Oz): 0.36 Oz 
Net Content: 0.18 Oz (5.66g) 
Bullion Value: $3.27 
Diameter: 28.00mm 
Thickness:  

Description

The British two shilling coin, also known as the florin, was issued from 1849 until 1967. It was worth one tenth of a pound, or twenty-four old pence. It should not be confused with the medieval gold florin, which was nominally worth six shillings.

In 1968, in the run-up to decimalisation, the two shilling coin was superseded by the decimal ten pence coin, which had the same value and initially the same size and weight. It continued in circulation, alongside the ten pence, until 1993, when the ten pence was reduced in size.

King George VI's florins, produced each year between 1937 and 1951, look very like the one planned for his brother Edward VIII. The obverse shows the left-facing effigy of the king inscribed GEORGIVS VI D G BR OMN REX, while the reverse shows a crowned rose flanked by a thistle and shamrock, with G below the thistle and R below the shamrock, and the inscription FID DEF IND IMP TWO SHILLINGS date until 1948, and without the IND IMP from 1949. The metal content was changed, as for all silver coins, from 1947 to 75% copper, 25% nickel. This removal of all the silver meant that most of the earlier coins which contained silver were removed from circulation fairly quickly.

Value Range 

Year Mintage G F VF EF AU UNC BU PROOF
1939 20,851,000 $3.50 $6.00 $10.50 $19.50

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