Florins from Great Britain were first struck in 1849 as silver coins weighing 11.3 gms and and a 28mm diameter. These coins were among the first kind of coins which had the portrait of the monarch wearing a crown. Later on, these florins were redesigned as and when the monarch changed.
The George V florin had the portrait of George V facing towards the left. George V coins were issued between the years 1910 and 1936. Florins were minted in all these years except in 1910 and 1934. The weight and diameter of these coins remained unchanged but their metal composition kept changing again and again. The metal composition was divided into silver and copper or silver, copper and nickel or silver, copper, nickel and zinc. In this article we would discuss more about the 1932 George V florin. The metal composition of the 1932 florins is silver and the edge of these coins is reeded.
Until 1926 the inscriptions on the obverse of these florins were GEORGIVS V D G BRITT OMN REX F D IND IMP* and on the reverse were ONE FLORIN and the date, while from 1927 the obverse inscriptions were changed to GEORGIVS V DEI GRA BRITT OMN REX* and the reverse ones were FID DEF IND IMP*, date and ONE FLORIN. Obverse of the 1932 coin shows the bare head of George V facing towards the left and the reverse of this coin has four crowned shields arranged in cross, and with accepters in angles.
The 1932 coins had a very low mintage of 717,041 as compared to the other years. The highest minted coin was 16,397,279 in the year 1929. In 1936, these coins showed a dramatic change as with the end of George V’s reign, the word “florin” no longer appeared on British coins.