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Australia 1953 Florin

Mint:Melbourne Mintage:Part 13,466,000 Estimate 270,000 Milling:Reeded
Weight:11.31 grams Diameter:28.5 mm Composition:50% Silver, 40% Copper, 5% Nickel, 5% Zinc
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Wear
Obverse 5 - English
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Wear
Reverse B(ii) - London (melbourne modified)
Designer: Mary Gillick (Initials 'M.G.' incuse on truncation)
Design:Right facing profile of Elizabeth II
Legend:ELIZABETH ♦ II ♦ DEI ♦ GRATIA ♦ REGINA +
Denticle Count:114 beads
Mint mark: None
Characteristics:
Designer: George Edward Kruger-Gray (Initials 'K.G' to right of Emu)
Design:* * Imperial Crown above the Australian Coat of Arms of 1912 and set against a floral backdrop
Legend:FLORIN AUSTRALIA
Denticle Count:76 thick & 76 thin 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
BV
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
BV
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
BV
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
BV
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
BV
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
BV
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
BV
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
BV
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
BV
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
$10
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
$20
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
$40
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
$80
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
$125
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
$175
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
1
 
$250
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
5
 
$500
+
NGC
1
 
PCGS
9
 
$900
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
17
2
$1750
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
3
 
$3500
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
$7000
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
$9000
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
-
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
-
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
N
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 February 2020
Notes:
Only a few percent of 1953 Florins were struck with the 'large reverse' edge denticles typical of the 'Coat of Arms' reverse that was introduced on the 1938 Florin. The vast majority of 1953 florins and the standard 1954 florins were struck on a modified reverse die with noticeably smaller edge denticles. The later proved to be just a two-year type, as when the next florins were issued in 1956, the reverse reverted again to the large denticle type which continued to the last florins struck in 1963.

It should be noted that PCGS have classified coins that have slightly larger (mid-sized) denticles as the 'large denticle' variety (refer the three coins pictured in the PCGS Population Report). Some of these coins appear to be just the consequence on a sharper centred strike with more defined edge detail. The unambiguous 'large denticle' type has the added identifiers of a double line running between the tail and the leg of the kangaroo and doubling of the letters 'AUST' of 'AUSTRALIA'.

This '1953 Large Denticle Florin' appears to be the product of just one reverse die which would account for its rarity in mint state.