Thursday 02 February 2012

 Coin of the Month February 2012: Great Britain One Florin 1932

Region: Europe
Country: Great Britain
Denomination: 1 Florin
Year: 1932
Pricing Info
1932 British One Florin Coin Obverse1932 British One Florin Coin Reverse


George V 1932 One Florin

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.

This article and photos were submitted to us by coinbragger qsera who runs rareindiancoins.com and also sells coins on eBay as the_great_jodhpur. Check out the_great_jodhpur's eBay store and see some cool coins.


As of presstime the exact coin in the photos is available for sale: here

*Based on varying abbreviations of Latin words, they mean "George V, By the Grace of God, King of all the British Territories, Defender of the Faith, and Emperor of India".

NicholasonThursday 02 February 2012 - 08:56:04
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