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1964 Two Shilling "Florin" with Queen Elizabeth II
1964 Two Shilling "Florin" with Queen Elizabeth II

1964 Two Shilling "Florin" with Queen Elizabeth II

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Type: Elizabeth II British 2 Shillings (Florin) 
Years: 1954 - 1970 

Country: Great Britain  Period: Elizabeth II 
Currency: Pound sterling  Face value: 2 Shillings 
System: Sterling pre-decimal  4 Farthings = 1 Penny
12 Pence = 1 Shilling
2 Shillings = 1 Florin
5 Shillings = 1 Crown
20 Shillings = 1 Pound (Sovereign)
21 Shillings = 1 Guinea 
Desgr/Engr: Mary Gillick, Cecil Thomas 
Obverse: Elizabeth II laureate bust right 
Legend: ELIZABETH·II·DEI·GRATIA·REGINA 
Reverse: Tudor rose at center, thistle and shamrock wreath surround 
Legend: FID: DEF: TWO SHILLINGS 
Edge: Reeded 
Purpose: Circulation 

 

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The British two shilling coin, also known as the florin, was issued from 1849 until 1967. It was worth one tenth of a pound, or twenty-four old pence. It should not be confused with the medieval gold florin, which was nominally worth six shillings.

In 1968, in the run-up to decimalisation, the two shilling coin was superseded by the decimal ten pence coin, which had the same value and initially the same size and weight. It continued in circulation, alongside the ten pence, until 1993, when the ten pence was reduced in size.

King George VI's florins, produced each year between 1937 and 1951, look very like the one planned for his brother Edward VIII. The obverse shows the left-facing effigy of the king inscribed GEORGIVS VI D G BR OMN REX, while the reverse shows a crowned rose flanked by a thistle and shamrock, with G below the thistle and R below the shamrock, and the inscription FID DEF IND IMP TWO SHILLINGS date until 1948, and without the IND IMP from 1949. The metal content was changed, as for all silver coins, from 1947 to 75% copper, 25% nickel. This removal of all the silver meant that most of the earlier coins which contained silver were removed from circulation fairly quickly.

 

 

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