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10 Dec 2014 8:22PM   Views : 603 Unique : 458

Two Bob Bit.

Those people of a certain age, will know exactly what todays image is, without looking at it.


This is a 1922 One Florin coin, worth 2 shillings. From the reign of King George the Fifth.

The British two shilling coin, also known as the florin or "two bob bit", 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In 1968, in the run-up to decimalization, the two shilling coin was superseded by the decimal ten pence coin, which had the same value and initially the same size and weight.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 10p was reduced in size.

George V (19101936)

Florins bearing his left-facing effigy were minted in each year of the reign of King George V (19101936) except 1910 and 1934. Whilst the weight and diameter of the coin were unchanged (11.3 grams weight and 28.5 millimetres diameter), the metal composition was changed in 1920 from 0.925 silver to 50% silver, 40% copper, 10% nickel, then again in 1922 to 50% silver, 50% copper, and again in 1927 to 50% silver, 40% copper, 5% nickel, 5% zinc. The design of the reverse was similar to Queen Victoria's Jubilee florin. Until 1926 the inscriptions on the obverse were GEORGIVS V D G BRITT OMN REX F D IND IMP and on the reverse were ONE FLORIN date, while from 1927 the obverse inscriptions were GEORGIVS V DEI GRA BRITT OMN REX and the reverse ones were FID DEF IND IMP date ONE FLORIN.

I can't help wondering where this coin has been, since it was minted, no doubt it could tell a tale or two. I also find it interesting that on this reverse side the welsh are not represented.


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