1872 Gothic Florin mdccclxxii – Victoria


The 1872 Gothic Florin mdccclxxii - Victoria

With the date in Roman Numerals on the obverse, this series of coins (1852-1887) were known as Gothic Florins. At the time the coin was controversial for a number of reasons, but it is a truly beautiful coin.

Sterling silver, just over 11.3g. SCBC: 3893, Type B. Maybe one of the lowest priced Gothic Florins.

These coins are available (subject to stock) from the Royal Mint Shop (product code HISVGF).

The Obverse, designed by Chief Engraver of the Royal Mint William Wyon, shows Queen Victoria wearing a crown, which is itself unusual on a coin.

The Reverse, by William Dyce, shows an ornately decorated crowned cross. Note the legend says 'one tenth of a pound' maybe indicating early thoughts of decimalisation.

Image credit: The Royal Mint


Mintage: 3,425,600 (may include coins in sets)
Minted at The Royal Mint.
Remember 1872 ?
Monarch is Queen Victoria. Prime Minister is William Ewart Gladstone (Liberal). US President is Ulysses S. Grant (R-Ohio). First patent list issued by the U.S. Patent Office. The first ever final of the FA Cup (the world's oldest football competition), Wanderers F.C. beat Royal Engineers A.F.C. 1–0 at The Oval in Kennington, London.
Victoria (1837-1901)
Victoria was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837 until her death. From 1 May 1876, she adopted the additional title of Empress of India. Victoria ruled for 64 years, a record only recently surpassed by Queen Elizabeth II.
 
Victoria's parents were Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathern, and Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. She married Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, who later became known as Prince Albert. Victoria had nine children, the eldest son succeeding her as Edward VII.


Victoria posed for a number of head portraits, but there are generally three major variants: Young Head (1838-1887) by William Wyon, RA; Jubilee Head (1887-1893) by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm and Old Head (1893-1901) by by Sir Thomas Brock.

General Description: Florins
The Florin is a 2 shillings coin, one-tenth fo a pound sterling. The British florin was issued from 1849 until 1967, with a final collectors coin dated 1970. After decimalisation it became the 10p piece.

Specifications:
  • Mass 11.31 g
  • Diameter
    • (1849) 28.0 mm
    • (1851–1886) 30.0 mm
    • (1887–1892) 29.5 mm
    • (1893–1970) 28.5 mm
  • Edge is Milled
  • Composition:
    • (1849–1919) 92.5% Ag
    • (1920–1946) 50% Ag
    • (1947–1970) Cupronickel. No silver.
In the real World the term 'Florin' was hardly ever used, the coin was generally known as "Two Shillings" or just "Two Bob".
Which Mint: The Royal Mint
The Royal Mint is the designated place for the UK to mint coins. It dates back well over 1000 years and is a Government-owned company. 

Formed in the reign of Alfred the Great about the year 886, during the period 1279-1812 it was generally referred to as The Tower Mint as it was housed at the Tower of London. The Master of The Royal Mint has included famous figures such as Sir Isaac Newton.

Since 2010 it has operated as Royal Mint Ltd, a company owned by HM Treasury, under an exclusive contract to supply all coinage for the UK although it also produces medals and coins for other countries. It is currently located at Llantrisant, Wales.

There is also an on-line shop at The Royal Mint Shop.
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
The United Kingdom (UK) is the Union of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is often refered to as Great Britain (GBR). It has a long, rich history.

The orignal coinage was Pounds, Shillings and Pence but since decimalisation on 15 February 1971, it is £1 = 100p, that is One Pound = 100 pence. The coinage of the UK is also a long history, the Royal Mint being established as long ago as 886AD when coins were hammered. Today there is perhaps 30 billion coins in circulation, and many (numismatic) collectors coins and sets are issued frequently in gold, silver and other metals.
If you don't see a coin in the list below try the Florins page on eBay UK

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UK On eBay UK:
1872 VICTORIA 0.925 SILVER GOTHIC FLORIN COIN WITH DIE 94
1872 VICTORIA 0.925 SILVER GOTHIC FLORIN COIN WITH DIE 94
£ 16.00
Victorian Silver Gothic Florin Coin 1872
Victorian Silver Gothic Florin Coin 1872
£ 15.00
1872 Gothic Florin Coin Fine Die 129 Silver Queen Victoria
1872 Gothic Florin Coin Fine Die 129 Silver Queen Victoria
£ 18.95
1872 Florin Gothic 2/- Florin coin Fine One tenth of a pound Queen Victoria
1872 Florin Gothic 2/- Florin coin Fine One tenth of a pound Queen Victoria
£ 22.50
1872 DIE NUMBER 141 VICTORIAN SILVER GOTHIC FLORIN IN A USED CONDITION.
1872 DIE NUMBER 141 VICTORIAN SILVER GOTHIC FLORIN IN A USED CONDITION.
£ 23.00
Victoria Gothic 1872 Silver One Florin Two Shilling Coin
Victoria Gothic 1872 Silver One Florin Two Shilling Coin
£ 12.95
1872, Queen Victoria Silver Gothic Florin.
1872, Queen Victoria Silver Gothic Florin.
£ 16.50
1872 VICTORIAN SILVER GOTHIC FLORIN IN VERY FINE CONDITION.
1872 VICTORIAN SILVER GOTHIC FLORIN IN VERY FINE CONDITION.
£ 80.00

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