1887-1890 Queen Victoria Double Florin
The notorious Queen Victoria Double Florin - 'The Barmaid's Ruin'
The Queen Victoria Double Florin was for many an unwanted addition to British currency, costing some people a lot more than others.
“The Barmaids Ruin”
Its similarity to the more familiar Crown was striking - it was just 2mm smaller in diameter, both coins featured an identical portrait of Queen Victoria. Yet the double florin was worth a shilling less.
This led to a significant number of unscrupulous rogues trying to pass the coin off as a Crown. It was barmaids who were the most susceptible to the confusion between the two, which often cost them their livelihood as a result, giving the coin its ‘Barmaids Ruin’ nickname.
It was also one of the shortest-lived British coin denominations – only being produced during four mint years between 1887 and 1890. Despite the reason for its introduction being disputed, it became Britain’s second ‘decimal’ coin.
With such a fascinating story and sense of history behind the Victoria Double Florin coin, it is no wonder that the Double Florin is such a highly-regarded British coin.
- Dates of issue: 1887 - 1890
- Metal: .925 Fine Silver
- Weight: 22.62g
- Diameter: 36mm
- Obverse: Queen Victoria Jubilee Head by Leonard Charles Wyon
- Reverse: Design by Leonard Charles Wyon
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