1951 Federation Florin Very Fine

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1951 Federation Florin Very Fine

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  • Celebrating 50 years since the Federation of Australia
  • Issued by the historic Melbourne Mint
  • Just two million issued - a modest mintage for a circulating coin
  • Features a bold, unique reverse design by William Leslie Bowles
  • Struck from silver - not to be missed in Very Fine!


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Celebrating the golden jubilee of Australia's Federation, the striking 1951 Federation Florin is a must for any predecimal coin collection. It is prized by collectors for its history - and its unique and controversial design!

The Federation of six British colonies to form Australia in 1901 was a landmark moment, worthy of a fine tribute. Selected by Treasury, the reverse design of the 1951 Federation Florin certainly reflects this history. However, the design - by William Leslie Bowles - is no stranger to debate.

In Bowles' design, a crown sits above a crossed mace and sword, which in turn intersect within a depiction of the Southern Cross. However, Bowles used the version of the Southern Cross as seen in the Victorian State Arms rather than the National Arms. The two versions are clearly distinguishable by the different number of points on the stars. Needless to say, many Australians weren't thrilled by this choice. The coin remained popular, however, and was all but hoarded out of circulation.

Do not miss your chance to secure this intriguing coin in pleasing Very Fine! Click 'add to cart' now.

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Country of IssueAustralia
Year of Issue1951
Weight (g)11.3100
Metal Purity (%)50.00
GradeVery Fine
Diameter (mm)28.50
Issued ByMelbourne Mint
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