Australian Florins

1931 Australian Silver Florin

Sterling Silver

The 1931 is one of the most common of the George V series, being relatively easy to obtain in higher grades.
1931 was the final year that Australia and indeed many Commonwealth countries were on the gold standard, which also locked in the price of silver to gold.

1931 Australian Silver Florin

1931 florins seem to lack detail in the ground when compared to other years and stronger feathers on the Emu, this is possibly due to re-worked dies.
The highest point on the obverse is the crown band where the centre diamond, pearls and rubies can be found. Wear starts at the centre diamond and spreads out from here consuming the pearls and rubies. This is why coin dealers often use the term 8 pearls or a lesser number to describe the condition of the obverse of George V coins with a crowned effigy. The lower the condition of a coin, the less the number of visible pearls.
When looking at the obverse of these coins a collector should look at:
  • the centre diamond of the crown band;
  • the end of the moustache:
  • the top of the ear;
  • nicks and dents around the rim;
  • scratches or other defects on the surface;
  • a weak strike shows in the rim denticles and crown pattern and in the collar just under the chin, also the orb on the crown flattens out with die wear.


Composition: .925 silver
Silver Content: 0.3363 oz
Edge: Reeded
Weight: 11.31 grams
Size: 28.5 mm
Obverse: Sir Edgar Bertram Mackennal
Reverse: W.H.J. Blakemore