Was that in the book?
One of the issue with the proposed 1909 florin was the Poms objection to the uncrowned king on a colonial coin.
The book says the florin, if made, was to have the imperial (with latin text) obverse; the uncrowned head. The book is perhaps wrong on that. The Royal Mint
Museum site shows the crowned head was to be used. Dominion coins generally had the crowned King with English text.
Adler purchased an uncrowned head with latin text. This is why people generally think that is the only type of Gee Florin. The book only covers some of what Gee got up to.
The Adler obverse, the book says (page 81), was from a reconstructed 1902 2 pound die from the Dixon collection.
The site Numista echoes that claim.
Looking at the crowned obverse on my Gee I can see why Gee ran with the Imperial version. The compound die, Gees fake reverse made from an electrotype and a reconstructed obverse die would have looked the real deal.
I have no doubt my florin is a Gee, the reverse is very good and point for point the same as the known Gee uniface but the obverse is not great. It does not look like a quality mint issue effigy. The nose, the ear, the rob, parts of the crown; it isn't good. Even the denticles are not right. Not right compared to say a Hong Kong 50c of 1910.That is what I like about my florin, it shows Gee had a crack at the 'colony' obverse and just used a die to solve the issues when he couldn't get the crowned King good enough. In one narrative it claims Gee flogged the obverse die a few years after he grabbed the electrotype. This gives Gee time to sort out the reverse and toy with the crowned head, become unsatisfied with the obverse and go rip off the die to solve his problem.
Gee was a bit of a perfectionist. My Gee florin would not have been satisfactory. The obverse makes it far from a perfect coin.
As the Adler coin is being passed as a pattern it was open to have the no crown (wrong) obverse on the pattern.
Using a real die would have got the perfect look Gee was going for.
Colonial (Hong Kong) obverse; a real one.
As you can see the Gee obverse on my coins is rather rough.
A little like some of the 1964 pattern pennies Gee did. The Queens effigy on some of them look quite amateur. Even some of his pattern Kookaburra
look rather poor quality.
As I say; not all Gees are his best work, but they are still Gees.
Finally the pic from The Royal Mint
Museum website, crowned King with English text (Dominion style). But where did they get the picture?