A compelling keepsake of one of the most challenging periods in Australian history, this unique presentation comprises two official Australian currency issues from the Second World War era – a sterling silver florin and a £1 (1 Pound) banknote.
The story of florin production in Australia during World War II is a fascinating element of the nation’s currency history. Due to a buoyant economy and an influx of big-spending American servicemen, increased demand for coinage outstripped Australia’s capacity for production during the conflict.
The Melbourne Mint, which was employed in munitions work during WWII, was unable to produce the required amount of coinage. Emblematic of the growing bond between Australia and the USA, Australian florins were struck both in Melbourne and San Francisco during the war years.
The perfect partnership, the sterling silver 1940 florin is united with a WWII era Australian £1 banknote issued during the reign of George VI. The banknote carried the King’s portrait, as well as the signatures of the Governor of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Hugh Armitage, and Secretary to the Treasury, Stuart McFarlane.
The Pound, or a ‘quid’ as it was colloquially known, was the equivalent of $2. As a loaf of bread cost approximately 7c, a litre of milk 8c and a kilo of potatoes 3c, £1 represented significant spending power during the war years.
Genuine survivors of the WWII era, the sterling silver florin and £1 banknote form a fine memento of a pivotal period in Australian history.
Two forms of historic currency
The set comprises a sterling silver 1940 S Florin in Brilliant Uncirculated condition and an Armitage/McFarlane £1 banknote in XXXXX condition.
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The Second World War Coin and Banknote Commemorative Folder is a limited edition. Only 200 of these folders are available worldwide.
Informative Presentation Folder
The set is housed within an illustrated, informative hardback portfolio.