1946 Australian Florin
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The Australian pre-decimal era refers to the period between 1901 and 1965, however for the purposes of Australian currency effectively relate to coins minted between 1910 and 1964.
(ie. between federation and decimalisation).
The six British colonies in Australia were declared an independent nation in 1901, (federation), ‘The Commonwealth of Australia’, although remained part of the British Empire, as a Constitutional Monarchy.
Prior to this, Australian coins and notes were a collection of currencies from around the world, however by this point were primarily British. The first coins produced specifically for The Commonwealth of Australia,
(threepence, sixpence, shilling, florin), were minted in 1910 in London, although the Australian halfpenny and penny were not minted until 1911.
The King George VI era Australian florin obverse features the bare head of George VI, facing left. The reverse shows the new Australian Coat of Arms with a kangaroo to the left, emu to the right, and the royal crown
above. The word ‘FLORIN’ is above, and the date and word ‘AUSTRALIA’ below.
The Australian florin obverse features the bare head of King George VI facing left, with the surrounding legend: ‘GEORGIVS VI D:G:BR:OMN:REX F:D:IND:IMP.’ On the reverse a kangaroo and an emu stand
either side of a shield, with representations of the 6 states. Above the shield is the word ‘FLORIN’, and the royal crown. Below is the date, and the word ‘AUSTRALIA’. In the fields are golden wattle branches.
|Monarch||King George VI|
|Composition||50% silver, 40% copper, 5% nickel, 5% zinc|
|Scarcity||readily available in low to mid grades|
|Obverse||Thomas H. Paget|
|Reverse||George Kruger Gray|
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