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1952 Australian Silver Florin

50% Silver

Last of only 2 years with revised obverse legend, in fact last George VI florin. 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an independent nation in 1947 the title "IND:IMP:", Emperor of India, the title first bestowed upon Queen Victoria, was no longer valid.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.

1952 Australian Silver Florin

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 1952 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 reverse are:
  • the Emu's back feathers;
  • the shoulder and haunches of the kangaroo;
  • the orb on the crown;
  • the sharpness of details on the denticles, lettering, crown and shield;
  • the rim for dents and nicks;
  • A weak strike will show in the grass and the crown, wattle wreath and the detail of the shield.


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