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1942 San Francisco Mint Silver Florin
|In 1942, Australia was at war. The Japanese were on our doorstep
and the Americans were already here, in fact the well paid American servicemen spent up so
much that they literally broke our banks supply of small change. The Sydney Mint had closed
its doors in 1926, having gone broke making money and the Perth and Melbourne Mints could
not cope with the quotas required. The San Francisco and Denver Mints came to the party and
produced over 6 million pounds worth of silver florin, sixpence and threepence coins. The
San Francisco florins have a "S" mintmark over the date..
The coins of George VI face the same way as his father, this is not a break with tradition. It was more correctly an allowance for what might have happened if Edward VIII had coins released bearing his portrait.
Carries the first type of the George VI obverse. This one was used for coins minted between 1938 and 1950.
Points to consider when grading the reverse are: