A compelling keepsake of one of the most challenging periods in Australian history, this fascinating set comprises two official Australian currency issues from WWII era – a 1940’s S Mintmark Silver Florin and an Armitage / McFarlane £1 (1 Pound) banknote.
The florin represents one of the most captivating episodes of Australian currency history – the production of Australian silver coins in the US. The buoyant local economy and influx of big-spending American servicemen increased demand for coinage outstripped Australia’s capacity for production during WWII. Emblematic of the growing bond between the two Pacific allies, the US Mint came to Australia’s aid. The San Francisco Mint struck several silver Australian coins, including florins from 1942 to 1944 - each graced with the Mint’s S mintmark.
A sterling silver 1940’s S Mintmark Florin in 'brilliant uncirculated' condition is paired in this set with a 1942 Australian £1 banknote in 'uncirculated' condition. The banknote carries King George VI's portrait, as well as the signature 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 $2. Genuine survivors of the WWII ear, the 1940s S Mintmark Florin and Armitage / McFarlane £1 banknote form a fine memento of a crucial period in Australian history.
Two Forms of Historic Currency
This historic set comprises a 1942 Armitage/ McFarlane £1 Banknote in Uncirculated condition, and a San Francisco Mint 1944 S Florin in Brilliant Uncirculated condition.
An extremely limited edition, only 200 of these portfolios are available worldwide.
Informative Presentation Folder
The set is housed within an illustrated hardback portfolio outlining this crucial era of Australian history and its currency.