1934-35 Melbourne & Victoria Centenary Florin PCGS MS64 Superb Choice Unc Coin

1934-35 Melbourne & Victoria Centenary Florin PCGS MS64 Superb Choice Unc Coin

$770.00


1934-35 Melbourne & Victoria Centenary Florin PCGS MS64 Superb Choice Unc Coin

Near Gem Unc Coin with great eye appeal and would be a wonderful Highlight to Your Collection.

Graded by a Third-Party Grading Service and is covered by their guarantee of grade and authenticity for life.

 

History of the Centenary Florin: The 1934-35 Melbourne Centenary Florin was struck to commemorate the centenaries of Melbourne & Victoria.

While Australians battled the Great Depression, Council was busy planning the celebrations for the two 100th anniversaries. Victoria’s 1st permanent European settlement in 1834 & Melbourne soon after in 1835. To help cover costs of the celebrations, a commemorative sterling silver florin would be sold to the public at 3 shillings per coin.

During the Great Depression many Australians simply did not have money to spare buying something that was deemed unnecessary or inedible at the time hence why sales were so low, and 21,000 coins were taken back and melted down leaving around 54,000 from the 75,000 original mintage coins remaining. As a result, the 1934-35 Centenary Florin is very scarce and some like the Specimen-Pattern, Proof Type I, Proof Type II, Foy & Gibson’s Bag and ‘You are The Star’ box are very rare, and all have become highly sought-after by collectors.

The 1934-35 Centenary Florin also features an obverse portrait unique in Australian coinage. Created by Percy Metcalfe, the design was based on the familiar Bertram Mackennal effigy. It appeared on coins in other countries – but never on other Australian coins.

When the coin was released to the public it featured a naked man (rider) on horseback and some like the Specimen-Pattern even had a nipple on the riders’ left breast which was considered inappropriate for the period and this divided the opinions amongst the public.

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