Australian Florins

1918M Australian Silver Florin

Sterling Silver

Although Australia had it's own currency since 1910, these were made in England at either the Royal Mint , London or the Heaton Mint at Birmingham which was called upon in the early years of WWI , it was not until 1916 Florins were struck in Melbourne. From then on, all Florins were struck in Australia, with the exceptions being during WW II. Only 4 years carried the "M" mintmark denoting the Melbourne Mint, being 1916, 1917, 1918, 1919 which can be found under the date.

1918M Australian Silver Florin
Mintage
2,094,000

Points to consider when grading the reverse are:
  • the Emu's back feathers;
  • the shoulder and haunches of the kangaroo;
  • the head of the emu;
  • the point of the Federation star;
  • the sharpness of details on the denticles, lettering, scroll and shield;
  • the rim for dents and nicks;
  • A weak strike will show in the grass and the shield, the Emu's back, Advance Australia and the centre top of the shield.


Specifications

Composition: .925 silver
Silver Content: 0.3363 oz
Edge: Reeded
Weight: 11.31 grams
Size: 28.5 mm
Obverse: Sir Edgar Bertram Mackennal
Reverse: W.H.J. Blakemore

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