1912 Florin


The 1912 Florin

The Reverse shows crowned cruciform shields separated by sceptres in the angles.

The Obverse shows a portrait of King George V by Bertram MacKennal.

Images used by permission of M J Hughes Coins.


Mintage: 8,571,731 (may include coins in sets)
Minted at The Royal Mint.
Remember 1912 ?
George V reigns and H.H. Asquith (Liberal) is Prime Minister. US President is William Howard Taft (R-Ohio). The World is in shock after the Titanic sinks on its maiden voyage. British polar explorer Robert Falcon Scott and team reach the South Pole to find that Roald Amundsen had beaten them to it. Captain Lawrence Oates, ill member of Scott's South Pole expedition sacrifices himself by leaving the tent saying, "I am just going outside and may be some time." He is not seen again. Captain Scott and the rest of his team also perish in the Antarctic. Back home, Suffragettes cause trouble, National Insurance Payments are introduced and the University Boat race is abandoned when both boats sink. The Olympics are in Stockholm. First year of the Blackpool illuminations.
George V (1910-1936)
George V was King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India, from 6 May 1910 until his death in 1936 and was King during World War 1. George was the second son of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII), and grandson of Queen Victoria. After his death he was succeeded by his eldest son, Edward VIII.

In 1919-20, the Silver price rose dramatically so .925 silver coins began to made in 0.500 siver. Gold Sovereigns were produced in large quantities early in George's reign - over 30 million in 1911 and again in 1912, although there was no bullion sovereigns issued 1918-1924 (Commonwealth mints did continue mintage).
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:
GEORGE V Florin 1912 two shillings silver coin uk
GEORGE V Florin 1912 two shillings silver coin uk
£ 13.99
1912 King George V Silver Florin Coin - Great Britain
1912 King George V Silver Florin Coin - Great Britain
£ 14.95
 1915 King George V Silver Florin 2 Shilling Coin, Good Grade With Nice Detail.
1915 King George V Silver Florin 2 Shilling Coin, Good Grade With Nice Detail.
£ 21.00
High Collectable Grade 1912 Florin Silver Two Shillings
High Collectable Grade 1912 Florin Silver Two Shillings
£ 15.00
1912 George V Silver Florin, Scarce, A/EF Details
1912 George V Silver Florin, Scarce, A/EF Details
£ 45.00
1912 George V Silver Florin, Scarce, GVF+
1912 George V Silver Florin, Scarce, GVF+
£ 45.00
1912 George V Silver Florin, Scarce, G/EF
1912 George V Silver Florin, Scarce, G/EF
£ 90.00
1912 GEORGE V SILVER FLORIN IN NEAR EXTREMELY FINE CONDITION.
1912 GEORGE V SILVER FLORIN IN NEAR EXTREMELY FINE CONDITION.
£ 95.00

USA On eBay USA:
GEORGE V Florin 1912 two shillings silver coin uk
GEORGE V Florin 1912 two shillings silver coin uk
£ 13.99
1912 King George V Silver Florin Coin - Great Britain
1912 King George V Silver Florin Coin - Great Britain
£ 14.95
 1915 King George V Silver Florin 2 Shilling Coin, Good Grade With Nice Detail.
1915 King George V Silver Florin 2 Shilling Coin, Good Grade With Nice Detail.
£ 21.00
High Collectable Grade 1912 Florin Silver Two Shillings
High Collectable Grade 1912 Florin Silver Two Shillings
£ 15.00
1912 George V Silver Florin, Scarce, A/EF Details
1912 George V Silver Florin, Scarce, A/EF Details
£ 45.00
1912 George V Silver Florin, Scarce, GVF+
1912 George V Silver Florin, Scarce, GVF+
£ 45.00
1912 George V Silver Florin, Scarce, G/EF
1912 George V Silver Florin, Scarce, G/EF
£ 90.00
1912 GEORGE V SILVER FLORIN IN NEAR EXTREMELY FINE CONDITION.
1912 GEORGE V SILVER FLORIN IN NEAR EXTREMELY FINE CONDITION.
£ 95.00

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