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1883 Florin, Two Shillings British | British Florin, Two Shillings 1883

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1883 Florin, Silver Two Shillings British | British Florin, Two Shillings 1883

1883 Victoria Silver Florin, Two Shillings Coin British. 

1883, Queen Victoria Gothic Silver Florin, - No Die number below bust, reads britt, no WW below bust, date at end of obverse legend in gothic numerals, crowned cruciform shields, emblems in angles, edge milled, Spink 3900, ESC 859, CC Ref # EMFL-231, gF/aVF

The first coin, issued in 1849, was unusual in two respects. First the queen, Victoria, was portrayed wearing a crown for the first time since the reign of Charles II, and secondly because the coin omitted the Dei Gratia, or even DG in the inscription, so it became known as the Godless Florin. It's diameter was 28 mm.

The obverse of the Godless florin has the inscription VICTORIA REGINA 1849, with Victoria's crowned bust draped left. The reverse is inscribed ONE FLORIN ONE TENTH OF A POUND, with cruciform shields with rose, thistle, rose and shamrock in the angles and a rose in the centre.

The type was issued with only that one date (although scarce proofs exist dated 1848), and was superseded by the Gothic florin in 1852. In the meantime production of the halfcrown ceased to allow the new coin to become established.

The Gothic Florin had the same weight as before, but the diameter was increased to 30 mm. The lettering is in Gothic script. The obverse has the inscription Victoria d:g: brit:reg:f:d:, and the date in Roman numerals, a common source of confusion. The reverse is similar to the previous design but with a floriated cross in the centre.

The Gothic series, which continued until 1887, is interestingly complex, with various numbers of arcs between the legend and the rim, and no less than 3 different heads, as well as die numbers on coins dated between 1863 and 1879. These die numbers are to be found on the obverse under the Queen's bust just to the right of her brooch, except for some dies of 1877 where it is to the left. Rare dates include the following:

1851 (possibly worn proofs), 1854, 1867 with 1877 type obverse (probably date error mdccclxvii instead of mdccclxxvii). Scarce varieties of the 1852 and 1859 coins have no stop after the date, and rare versions of 1865 and 1866 have a colon after the date.

There are rumours of an 1887 coin with an 1886 type obverse, but nobody seems to know anyone who has actually seen one. Perhaps somebody just miscounted the number of i's at the end of the date!

There are differences between Coincraft's Catalogue and Seaby's Catalogue regarding the relative rarities of the varieties of 1877 and 1879 gothic florins. Spink mentions 38 arcs, and Coincraft 39. Certainly the one example that I have seen has 39, with two closer together than the rest.

In 1887 the new Jubilee Florin came out (those dated 1891 and 1892 are a little scarcer). These have the Jubilee bust on the obverse, inscribed VICTORIA DEI GRATIA, while the reverse shows cruciform shields with sceptres in the angles, FID: DEF: BRITT: REG: and the date.

The Veiled Head design followed in 1893. The reverse shows three shields within a garter. Those dated 1894 and 1901 are slightly more difficult to find.




1883 Florin, Two Shillings British | British Florin, Two Shillings 1883 Florin, Two Shillings  
Coin Type: Florin, Two Shillings Country: British
Alloy: Silver Year: 1883
Diameter: 28 mm Weight: 11.3 grams
Mint: London Mint Number Minted: 3.555.667

Date SoldDescriptionSoldbySellprice
20161883 Victoria Silver Florin, Two Shillings Coin British. Gothic TypeBritish-coin-price-guide.homelinux.c£200 UNC
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