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Florin Friday: 1927 Canberra George V Proof Florin PCGS PR67, Only 400 Struck.

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 Posted 02/12/2021  1:59 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add CCFPress to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
George V Proof Florin 1927 Canberra, KM31, Proof 67 PCGS, a stunning example of this classic rarity, struck for opening of the new Parliament House in Canberra. Only 400 were struck in Proof and this is the finest we can remember seeing. The surfaces are fully mirrored with light amber patina in the legends.



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 Posted 02/12/2021  3:45 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add David Graham to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I've always liked that coin, and to see it in Proof - just lovely! Thanks.
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 Posted 02/12/2021  4:45 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add nfine to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wow. What a beautiful coin.
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 Posted 02/12/2021  4:47 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add erafjel to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That's just amazing.
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 Posted 02/12/2021  5:29 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The very first design of George Kruger Gray, and arguably his best. He went on to design dozens of designs for British and British Commonwealth coinages that went into wide scale circulation.

The letters 'K' and 'G' can be seen in the scrolls below the raised date oval.

Proofs show three steps at the doorway at the end of the driveway approach to be building.
MS+ circulation strikes that also three full steps are probably rarer that the proofs.
This was a low point in the design and it had to be, to allow a full strike up of detail of the King's head on the obverse.

Over the years at auction view days, I have seen 3 or 4 proofs of this coin, but only one example of a business strike in MS+ condition, with all three steps fully struck up.
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 Posted 02/12/2021  7:07 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add triggersmob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This is my slabbed coin. A MS63.



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 Posted 02/12/2021  9:16 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add echidna to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The proof dies were also used to strike some regular business strikes.
Normal planchets and pressure.
Most of the die markers are still visible.
A fair number were made before the dies cracked.
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 Posted 02/12/2021  9:29 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@ triggersmob:
An exceptional coin in this condition and a three stepper, not often seen, even with just pictures.

Could be a coin as indicated by echidna.
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 Posted 02/12/2021  11:05 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add triggersmob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for the extra info guys.

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 Posted 02/13/2021  02:50 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Princetane to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Those are stunning my AU is not even worth showing here!

The proof one is wonderful with a nice tone emerging.
The coin was one of the most stunning designs ever!

The 1988 $5 Parliament House was less stunning.
Loving Halfcrowns. British and Commonwealth coins 1750 - 1950 and anything Kiwi.
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 Posted 02/13/2021  12:58 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add nealeffendi to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Possibly even scarcer than the Proofs and the 3 step florins are the prooflike florins (circulation strikes on unused proof blanks). I'm only aware of 3 such examples in MS grades and only one has the adjective "prooflike" on the slab which is below the MS63 grade. For some reason they won't call it MS63PL though.
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 Posted 02/13/2021  5:27 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Basil to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yes,great Coins,i have one somewhere with 3 steps and severe die cracks thru the reverse lettering,must have been one of the last coins struck with that reverse die.
As mentioned above I read back in the 1960's the die strike pressure was reduced to try and get some longtivity in the Dies and one of the casualties were the steps.
I'll throw a Pic. up when I find it.

This thread may bring Trout back,LOL.
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 Posted 02/13/2021  8:34 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@ nealeffendi: I am not surprised to read your report. Reason for this is the fact that the 1927 PH Florin was intended for circulation, and as the Great Depression approached, most who found such a nice coin in their pocket, were nevertheless most tempted to continue to spend, rather than keep them.

Although much more common in VF and EF grades than the standard definitive 1927 Florin, a genuine PH Florin 3 stepper in high MS grades is a seriously scarce coin, with high collector demand amongst those who know of their background.

I have about a dozen 1927 PH Florin in above average condition, but no genuine 3 stepper in MS60 or better, despite searching over hundreds of examples over a period of perhaps 20 years or more.
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Hi Sel, my understanding is that the "prooflike" florins were regular strikes struck on the specially prepared blanks (highly polished) that were meant for the proofs. That MS63 with "prooflike" on the insert was previously owned by Trout. He had actually sent it in to get the letters "PL" put after the 63 but no dice so as far as I'm aware it is the only example of a pre decimal with the word "prooflike" on the insert. Trout and his missus went Grey Nomading a few years back and he downsized his collection, that's how I snapped it up.
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 Posted 02/14/2021  03:20 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add triggersmob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The coin I showed previously was a Trout coin too.

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