1934-35 Melbourne Centenary Florin Extremely Fine

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1934-35 Melbourne Centenary Florin Extremely Fine

$695.00
Product Code
19381
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  • Struck for the centenaries of both Melbourne and Victoria
  • Features a unique reverse motif by George Kruger Gray
  • Features an obverse portrait never seen again in Australian coinage!
  • Struck from sterling silver - measures 28.50mm
  • Scarce, with many of the tiny mintage melted down
  • Within your grasp in Extremely Fine condition!

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Issued to commemorate two landmark anniversaries, the 1934-35 Centenary Florin suffered cruelly at the hands of a failing economy. However, this Depression-era beauty is prized by collectors today for its history and scarcity.

Pairing a provocative reverse design with an obverse portrait never used again in Australian coinage, the 1934-35 Centenary Florin is a visual feast. The reverse motif by George Kruger Gray depicts a naked man, riding a horse and carrying a torch. It is unashamedly symbolic. The torch represents knowledge, the raised foot of the horse indicates progress, and the muscular physique of the man embodies a prosperous future. Needless to say, the design divided opinion upon its release.

The coin was to be sold to members of the public for three shillings apiece to help cover the costs of the centenary celebrations. Unfortunately though, the impact of the Great Depression was still being felt across the globe. Most people weren't willing to part with three shillings for the sake of an extravagance like a commemorative coin. With sales low, 21,000 coins of the original mintage of 75,000 were sent to the melting pot. Just 54,000 remained, and this unique, one-year-only type is very scarce today - particularly in premium grade, as presented here.

Offered in Extremely Fine condition, do not miss your chance to secure this magnificent predecimal issue! Click 'add to cart' now!

More Information
Country of IssueAustralia
Year of Issue1934/35
DenominationFlorin
Weight (g)11.3100
MetalSilver
Metal Purity (%)92.50
GradeExtremely Fine
Diameter (mm)28.50
Issued ByMelbourne Mint
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