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Blue Sheet > Australia > Commonwealth Coinage > Florin > Elizabeth II > Type I > 1954 Florin
Australia1954 Florin Reverse1954 Florin Obverse
Mintage15,366,000Reverse DesignerGeorge Kruger GrayObverse DesignerMary GillickWeight11.31 gramsSize28.5 mmCompositionSilver50.0%Copper40.0%Nickel5.0%Zinc5.0%Bullion Value$3.85The Kruger Gray design continued into this type, while after the coronation of Elizabeth II in late 1952, the design changed to the bust of Elizabeth II facing to the right with the legend, 'ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA', ('Elizabeth II, by the grace of god, queen'), designed by Mary Gillick. This legend was only used in 1953 and 1954, then was altered due to public outcry of the omission of 'FIDEI DEF' ('defender of the faith').
Both years are easy to acquire with some A common means of distributing coins where a mint stores coins in paper rolls before distributing them to banksmint rollsmint roll found of 1953 (Pacific Rim Coins, 2002)WebsiteElizabeth II Silver Coinage 1953 - 1964Pacific Rim Coins2/13/2002http://www.pacificrimcoins.com.au/articles.php?id=11/28/2010 11:00:00 PM though are often have brown Discolouration of the surface of a coin caused by environmental exposuretoningtoning due to the paper used in rolling. The 1954 is much scarcer than most realize and is very difficult to source in A state of a coin that shows no signs of circulationmint statemint state grades
Both issues were struck from the Melbourne mint and no A marking, usually a letter or dot that signifies which mint struck a particular coinmintmarksmintmark were used.
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