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Australia 1934-35 Florin (Melbourne Centenary)

Mint:Melbourne Mintage:Net 54,000 Milling:Reeded
Weight:11.31 grams Diameter:28.5 mm Composition:92.5% Silver, 7.5% Copper
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Wear
Obverse 8 - English
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Wear
Reverse D - London
Designer: Percy Metcalf (No attribution)
Design:Large left facing profile of George V
Legend:GEORGE V KING EMPEROR
Denticle Count:108 teeth
Mint mark: None
Designer: George Edward Kruger-Gray (Initials 'KG' left at ground level)
Design:Naked youth on horseback and carrying aloft a flaming torch
Legend:CENTENARY • VICTORIA • MELBOURNE • 1934-35 • ♦ FLORIN ♦
Denticle Count:151 teeth
Mint mark: None
Characteristics:
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Value
BM
Ad
NP
8
Good
VG10
10
VG
F12
12
about F
F15
15
Fine
VF20
20
good F
VF25
25
about VF
VF30
30
Very Fine
VF35
35
good VF
EF40
40
about EF
EF45
45
Ext Fine
AU50
50
good EF
AU53
53
about Unc
AU55
58+
virt Unc
AU58
58-60
Uncirc
MS60
58-61
Uncirc
MS61
58-62
Uncirc
MS62
63-64
Choice Unc
MS63
64-65
near Gem
MS64
65-66
Gem
MS65
66-67
Gem
MS66
67-68
Gem
MS67
68
near Flaw
MS68
69
virt Flaw
MS69
70
Flawless
MS70
Proof
$50
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
$75
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
$100
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
$125
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
$150
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
$175
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
$200
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
$225
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
$275
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
1
 
$300
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
1
 
$350
+
NGC
1
 
PCGS
1
 
$400
+
NGC
5
 
PCGS
5
 
$450
+
NGC
13
 
PCGS
20
 
$500
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
1
 
$550
+
NGC
14
 
PCGS
4
 
$600
+
NGC
21
 
PCGS
33
 
$800
+
NGC
26
 
PCGS
72
1
$1000
+
NGC
30
 
PCGS
155
5
$1250
+
NGC
22
 
PCGS
137
5
$1750
+
NGC
8
 
PCGS
29
3
$3500
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
2
1
$7500
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
$15000
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
-
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
Y
BM
Benchmark
Ad
Adjectival
NP
NGC/PCGS
Collectable grades
Does not exist by definition

Investment grades
-
Unlikely to exist

Aspirational grades
BV
Bullion or metal value

Not known in these grades
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Value as above
Proof
Y (Yes)
N (Not known)
Last updated August 2020
Notes:
Only 75,000 florins were struck to celebrate the Centenary of the founding of Melbourne, but sold at a premium (three shillings) to defray costs, 21,000 coins remained unsold and were subsequently melted. The central design of a naked youth on horseback holding aloft a flaming torch was taken from a drawing by renowned war artist Mervyn Napier-Waller. The design proved difficult to replicate and the coins are usually under-struck on the head, breast and hand of the rider. Coins which show the rider with a full garland (wreath) on the head, a well defined nipple on the breast and the fingers fully defined on the hand are usually described as specimens. They are extremely rare and command a hefty premium.