Queen Victoria finally consented to a change of the design of her portrait on the coinage of
the United Kingdom in 1887. For the previous 50 years, all of her coins had the Young
Head portrait, showing the Queen when she was a 17 year old girl.
The Florin as a coin had only been in existence since 1849. We can offer the Jubilee Head
Sterling Silver Florins of Queen Victoria issued 1887-1892 in two different grades. Dates will
be of our choice, but the more coins you order, the more different dates we will try and give
you. On one side you have the Jubilee Head bust of the Queen with a rather silly small sized
crown on her head. The other side has four coats of arms. All of these Jubilee Head Florins are
struck in Sterling Silver and they are, despite what Victoria thought, rather attractive.
We can offer them here in Very Fine, they are nice collectable examples.
In 1947 the Royal Mint removed all Silver from our coinage and it was now to
be struck in cupro-nickel. The 1947 and the 1948 issues had the normal legend
on the coins, but in 1947 India became independent and so that in 1949 changed
The Florin of King George VI issued in cupronickel was struck in 1947, 1948,
1949, 1950 and 1951. There were no coins struck for circulation in 1952 because
that was the year that the King died. The next Florin to be issued was in 1953 for
the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. We offer the complete King George VI
cupronickel Florin Collection for only £12.50.
They come in a snap-lock plastic bag, ready to be added to your collection, all
coins are in Fine condition and you get one coin of every date 1947-1951.
At the end of the pre-decimal series, many of the dates are difficult to get in Uncirculated
condition. This 1963 Florin is no exception, after all the Florin is the most difficult
denomination to get in Uncirculated.
These were put away at the time they were issued, which is now 55 years ago. Queen
Elizabeth II coins are much underappreciated, especially when you are looking for them.
1945 was the next to last year that our coinage was struck in silver, the penultimate year. The
Florin is the second largest denomination struck and as most collectors know, the most difficult
denomination to get. King George VI was on the throne, by the way a Florin was two
shillings, today it is 10 pence.
The coins on offer are not only struck in Silver but they are in Gem Uncirculated condition,
you just cannot get any higher grade then Gem. Supplies are of course very limited, but think
what a fantastic type coin these will make.
When they were waiting for Decimal coins, collectors were buying all the dates they
didn’t have of the pre-decimal coins for their collections. The prices went through the
roof and factoring inflation and the cost of living, these coins are much more reasonable
today, than they were 50 years ago.
The coins in most cases are still as difficult as they were then to find in Uncirculated condition,
it is just that in today’s money, they are actually much more reasonable.