In 1887, for Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee, the Royal Mint issued new coins with the
Jubilee Head of Victoria, but they also issued a new denomination, the Double Florin. The
only problem is that the Double Florin (4 Shillings) looked very similar to the Crown (5
Shillings). It got the nickname of the Bar Maids Ruin, as later at night after a few complimentary
drinks, the bar maid would often give change for a Crown when in fact she was given
a Double Florin.
This denomination proved unpopular and it was discontinued in 1890. The coins on offer
are struck in Sterling Silver and in Very Fine condition. This is a high grade for the issue and
much more difficult to get than many people realise. Get them while you can, it has taken us
a year to accumulate this small quantity.
When Queen Victoria celebrated her Golden Jubilee in 1887, she not only
allowed them to change her portrait but also to issue a new denomination.
That was the Double Florin which was equivalent to Four Shillings. It was almost
crownsized and struck in Sterling Silver. Today we have an equivalent coin, but
we call it a 20 Pence. Shows what time and inflation will do to money.
The Double Florin was also known as the Bar Maids ruin. After she had had a
few drinks, the bar maid would often give change for a Crown and not a Double
Florin. That Shilling difference was a lot of money and came directly from the Bar
Maids wages. This Double Florin was only made from 1887-1890.
In the past we have offered the Queen Victoria Double Florin in Fine and even
in Very Fine, now we can offer them in Extremely Fine condition. These are super
coins and most are dated 1887, remember they are struck in Sterling Silver and
they have the Jubilee Head portrait of the Queen.
Do you have this Victorian Silver Coin in your pocket? Well no actually you don’t, but you might have the direct decimal equivalent. If you have in your pocket or handbag a 20p piece please get it out. Because the coin we are offering you is the same denomination but in Victorian spending money. The famous or infamous Victorian Double Florin (Four Sterling Silver Shillings) would be worth 20p in today’s money. Here we present the coin in Fine condition. First issued for Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887 the Double Florin was last issued in 1890. Too many drunk barmaids gave change for a crown 5 shillings when they were only given a Double Florin 4 shillings. This helped to get them to stop making this short-lived denomination. Its nickname quickly became ‘the barmaid’s ruin’, for all those barmaids who gave the wrong change and were ruined..