It was the Melbourne Mint’s very first collector coin issue, the coin selling for a sixpence premium over face value. And it was Australia’s very first commemorative coin.
The release of the 1927 Proof Canberra Florin was a well-publicised event that saw the coins sell to members of the public outside traditional numismatic circles.
Coins being mishandled or pieces simply lost into circulation was the fate of many of the proofs out of the original mintage of 400.
So a small mintage of coins becomes even smaller for the buyer seeking a quality Proof Canberra Florin.
In today’s market we might see one premium quality Proof Canberra Florin on the market every year.
This particular 1927 Proof Canberra Florin is a premium quality example and is classified as FDC, with brilliant mirror fields. The coin shows the characteristic striations associated with Proof Canberra Florins which reflects meticulous die preparation. Moreover, it has been sharply struck and brilliantly preserved. Visually it is stunning.
As an exquisite example of the Melbourne Mint's craftsmanship, the coin is a numismatic gem.