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1951 Australian Silver Florin

50% Silver

First of only 2 years with revised obverse legend. With India becoming an independent nation in 1947 the title "IND:IMP:", Emperor of India, the title first bestowed upon Queen Victoria, was no longer valid.
To make up the gap left by this omission, F.D. was expanded to FIDEI DEF.
According to Myatt & Hanley the coin shortage in 1950 forced the RBA to stop collecting the sterling silver coinage from circulation eventually leading to the first florin since 1947.

Image Courtesy of Downies-Australian Coin Auctions

Collectors should consider acquiring most of the King George VI series in Choice Uncirculated or better coins, these are still affordable with the greatest possible upside. The George VI obverse is very difficult to grade, the rounded features, lower relief and the large variation to the degree in which this design is struck all add up quite a challenge.
The 1951 florin is quite difficult to obtain in Gem, astute collectors should obtain an example if ever offered the oppotunity.

Points to consider when grading the obverse are:
  • the King's eyebrow;
  • the top of the ear;
  • definition in the hair;
  • the sharpness of details on the denticles and lettering;
  • the rim for dents and nicks;
  • A weak strike will show in the hair, ear, eye, mouth and nose.


Composition: 50% Silver
40% Copper
5% Nickel
5% Zinc
Silver Content: 0.1818 oz
Edge: Reeded
Weight: 11.31 grams
Size: 28.5 mm
Obverse: Thomas H Paget
Reverse: George Kruger Gray