Silver coin; Denomination: Florin
Royal Mint, London
Queen Victoria (1837-1901)

The florin was introduced in 1849 as the first move towards decimalization of the British coinage, it was 1/10th of a pound or 2 shillings. This the first issue is known as the "Godless florin" as the words Dei Gratia were omitted from the legend.

Obverse Description

Crowned bust of the Queen facing left, the dress decorated with roses, thistles and shamrocks; at edge behind the bust in smal;l letters the artist's initials W.W. (William Wyon); around, VICTORIA REGINA 1849

Reverse Description

Four shields forming a cross around a rose, the shield bear the arms of England, top and bottom, Scotland at right and Ireland at left; between shields under arched canopy, two roses, a thistle and a shamrock; around above, ONE FLORIN; around below, ONE TENTH OF A POUND

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