Florin (Irish coin)
|Years of minting||1928–1968|
The original minting of the coin from 1928 until 1943 contained 75% silver, a higher content than the equivalent British coin. It is believed that this was done so that the new currency would not be seen as a poor substitute to the British currency which circulated alongside. The silver coins are quite noticeable as they have a more "whitish" look than the later cupronickel variety that were minted from 1951, also the silver coins wear less well. The cupronickel variety of coin consisted of 75% copper and 25% nickel.
The coin measured 1.125 inches (28.6 mm) in diameter and weighed 11.3 grams. The last florins were produced in 1968. When the currency was decimalised this coin continued to circulate alongside its replacement ten pence, and the florin was finally withdrawn from 1 June 1994 as a smaller ten pence coin was introduced.
The reverse design featuring a salmon was by English artist Percy Metcalfe. The obverse featured the Irish harp. From 1928 to 1937 the date was split either side of the harp with the name saorstát éireann circling around. From 1938 to 1968 the inscription changed to éire on the left of the harp and the date on the right.
Like all Irish coins, the florin may be redeemed for euros at the Central Bank of Ireland.
- "Coin types from Ireland". World Coin Gallery. Retrieved 9 November 2011.
- Coinage Act, 1926
- Coinage (Dimensions and Designs) Order, 1928
- Coinage (Calling In) Order, 1993
- Irish Coinage website - catalogue - florin