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 second issue, is known as the "Gothic florin" because of the use of Gothic lettering in the legend.
Crowned bust of the Queen facing left; below in small letters the artist's initials W.W. (William Wyon); around in Gothic letters, Victoria d: g: brit: reg: f: d: mdccclii.
Four crowned shields forming a cross around a rose, the shields 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, in Gothic letters.
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Mr Alfred Chitty, 15 Mar 1976
Type of item
29 mm (Outside Diameter), 10.813 g (Weight)
[Book] Skingley, Philip. 2007. Coins of England and the United Kingdom., Spink 3891 Pages