The first British decimal coin was the Florin or Two Shillings which today is the 10p. First
issued in 1849 and changed to the Gothic design in 1851 these florins were struck in
Sterling Silver. You have a crowned portrait of Queen Victoria facing left on the obverse and
four crowned coats of arms on the reverse.
The strangest things is that a large part of the population was illiterate, yet instead of putting
the date in what is known today as Arabic numerals, they put the date in Roman numerals. So
that a large part of the populace could not even read the date that was on the coin. As 1851
The coins on offer have seen considerable circulation, but don’t forget that even the most
modern of the coins is today 132 years old. We have made sure that you can make out the date,
even if only the last digits are clear.