AUSTRALIA 1 florin 1963 impaired proof


AUSTRALIA, 1 florin, 1963, silver, 0.1818 ozT, KM60, slightly impaired proof

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Australia did not start making its own coins until the later 19th century, and then they were gold only for the first several decades. They finally decided to facilitate commerce with circulating coinage in 1910.

Australia has been continuously inhabited by the same people for about 30,000 years. Europeans didn’t mess with it until the end of the 18th century, when the British started sending prisoners there.

By “Modern World Coins” we mean here, generally, the round, flat, shiny metal objects that people have used for money and still do. “Modern,” though, varies by location. There was some other way they were doing their economies, and then they switched over to “modern coins,” then they went toward paper money, now we’re all going toward digital, a future in which kids look at a coin and say “What’s that?” We’ll say: “We used to use those to buy things.” Kids will ask “How?” The main catalog reference is the Standard Catalog of World Coins, to which the KM numbers refer.