1951 Australian Florin - Federation Florin - Fine

1951 Australian Florin - Federation Florin - Fine

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  • Issued to celebrate 50 years since the Federation of Australia
  • Struck by the historic Melbourne Mint
  • Only two million struck - a modest mintage for a circulating coin
  • Features a unique, one-year-only reverse design

This eye-catching pre-decimal release was issued to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Australia's Federation. Struck from silver, the unique - and controversial! - reverse motif and rich history have made it popular with collectors.

The 1951 Federation Florin features a striking reverse design by sculptor William Leslie Bowles. A crown rests atop a crossed mace and sword, intersecting within the centre of a Southern Cross. The design was selected by Treasury but faced some controversy upon release.

Himself a Victorian, Bowles had used the version of the Southern Cross seen in the Victorian State Arms rather than the National Arms. Understandably, not everybody was happy about this - yet the coin was still popular. The modest mintage of two million was all but hoarded out of circulation.

Each available coin is in a similar, or better condition to that imaged, and will grade as Fine.

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