Australian 1951 Federation Florin - Extremely Fine #3

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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 predecimal 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.

I would grade this coin as Extremely Fine, due to only faint traces of wear on the high points, and with retention of much of the original lustre represented in an amazing cartwheel effect.

This coin will be supplied in a brand new 2x2 coin holder, please see images to make a personal grading, as this is the exact coin you will receive.

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