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.

Obverse Description

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: mdcccliii

Reverse Description

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.

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