This 1887 Double Florin presented here in fine condition, features a minting error from the Royal Mint. During the first year of production, the Mint accidentally used the Roman number I instead of the more typical Arabic number 1, and corrected the issue later that year. The coin weighs 22g 0f which 20.35 is pure silver and is 36mm in diameter.
"This Wretched Coin" ... was the comment in an article in the Daily Telegraph on June 27th 1887, which heavily criticised its size. The Double Florin was worth four shillings but it was only slightly smaller than a crown piece, worth 5 shillings. As a result, the double florin was often used in pubs to scam barmaids who mistook it for the larger coin, which led to the nickname ‘Barmaid's Ruin’.
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