The 1864 florin, one tenth of a pound, depicts the gothic portrait. It is also the first year where a die number can be seen below the bust.
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Photographs shown may not be the actual coin and may differ in terms of grade, die numbers, design flaws and other minor details. Contact us if you require a photograph prior to purchase.
There are florins, dated 1864 which have a heavy flan (piedfort) weight, both in proof and uncirculated finishes. We are yet to see one of these.
The edge is milled
Large bust of Queen Victoria, crowned, and with a long hair braid, wearing a dress richly embroidered with roses, shamrocks and thistles.
The engraver's initials W.W. for William Wyon, appear raised below the shoulder.
The die number can be seen below the bust of Victoria. to the left of W.W
The obverse inscription appears in gothic style script, in upper and lower case. This in itself is quite unusual, in that most coin inscriptions are in upper case (capitals) only:
Victoria d g brit reg f d mdccclxiv
Crowned cruciform shields bearing three lions passant for England, lion rampant for Scotland, and harp for Ireland. In the angles are roses, a shamrock and a thistle. In the centre there is a flower motif. All contained within a tressured circular panel.
The reverse design was also by William Wyon.
The reverse legend is also in lower case gothic style script, except for the "O" of "One":
One florin - one tenth of a pound
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