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1946 Florin

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1946 Florin Reverse1946 Florin Obverse Mintage22,154,000Reverse DesignerGeorge Kruger GrayObverse DesignerThomas H. PagetWeight11.31 gramsSize28.5 mmCompositionSilver50.0%Copper40.0%Nickel5.0%Zinc5.0%Bullion Value$3.84
1946 marked the first year pre-decimal coins were struck with the new The state act of reducing the precious metal content of a denominationdebased silver alloys, reducing to a 50% silver content which caused strong hoarding of previous years, one most notable hoard, the Vienna which predominantly consisted of 1944 San Francisco a facility that produces coinsmint florins (learn more). Numerous Commonwealth A common means of distributing coins where a bank would roll coins before distributing them to branches or customersbank rolls have surfaced of the 1946 florin which accounts for its availability in A state of a coin that shows no signs of circulationmint state but the relatively high The number of coins struck of a particular designationmintage of 22 million, designed to compensate for withdrawn sterling silver currency, also assists in its availability.

The date is readily available in MS63 and lower, with the survival rate of MS64 pieces, approximately 1 in 5 to MS63. Examples in MS65 are practically unheard of with a survival rate of around 1 in 50.

There are two known varieties of the 1946 florin, the common type which features an inverted '9' for the '6' in the date and the scarcer type has a large circle in the '6' much like the florins of the 1960s (Triton Technologies International Ltd, 2001).


The common type featuring an inverted '9' in place of the '6'.


The scarce type featuring a '6' similar to the florins of the 1960s.


The latter is much scarcer especially in A state of a coin that shows no signs of circulationmint state though demand is restricted to variety collectors and tends not to command strong premiums. In 1946 the Melbourne a facility that produces coinsmint also experimented with Cupro-nickel florins (learn more).
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