Highest graded NGC MS66 and PCGS MS64. Struck by the London Mint on a recommissioned die with a partially removed 'A' for 'Ackroyd & Best, Morley'.

  • Ex Robert Climpson Collection
  • Exhibited:
  • Coins, Africa
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  • Coins, Monies & Stamps
  • Medium:
  • 351
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  • Collectibles
  • Notes:
  • Jerome Remick in his seminal work 'The Guidebook and Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins' noted that "the 1920 Shilling (12,000 mintage) and Florin (542,000 mintage) with the 'A' mint mark were shipped to East Africa but except for very few specimens were never put into circulation and were returned to the mint and melted." The coins were struck under contract by Ackroyd and Best of Morley, England on dies prepared by the Royal Mint, London. The major production of 1920 Florins (9,689,000) bear an 'H' mint mark being struck by the Heaton Mint, Birmingham on dies also supplied by the Royal Mint. However, an additional 1,479,000 were struck by the Royal Mint which traditionally bore no mint mark. This coin appears to be a hybrid of the 1920A, and 1920 Florins being struck by the Royal Mint on a reverse die either intended for or reclaimed from Ackroyd and Best and from which the 'A' mint mark has been partially removed. It has been identified by NGC as a 1920 Florin but there is certainly a light impression of an 'A' in the unnatural concavity above the '1' where the mint mark would normally occur. The surfaces of the coin are grainy also suggesting that the coin was struck on rusty recommissioned dies.
  • Condition:
  • Lightly toned with grainy surfaces

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