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25th Nov 2011

Very Rare Coin Watch Dial Using The 1951 commemorative Florin

Readers might have seen many types of coin watches on the market and might own one of them. But, this is a rare one you may not seen it before, less about owning one.

The watch dial is of genuine federation commemorative florin coin minted in 1951


The history of this commemorative minted coin?  Read below.

1951 Commemorative Florin

50 Years of FederationComposition: 50% Silver, 40% Copper, 5% Zinc, 5% Nickel
Total Weight: 11.31 Grams. Size: 28.5mm.

Legend: Georgivs VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX FIDEI DEF.

















To mark the fiftieth anniversary of Australian Federation, 1901 – 1951, a special florin commemorative was issued for circulation. Coins were minted in Melbourne for one year only (1951) and was issued with a composition of 50% silver and is officially known as the 50th Year Jubilee of Federation .

The obverse, designed by T.H. Paget, features the bust of George the VI facing left. At the bottom of George’s neck are the designer’s initials “HP”. On the outer periphery are the words “GEORGIVS VI D.G. BR : OMN : REX FIDEI DEF.” (latin for “George VI, by Grace of God, King of all the Britons, Defender of the Faith”).

The reverse, designed by Leslie Bowles, features a scepter (or mace) and sword crossing below a crown. The stars throughout the design are from the Southern Cross constellation that is also represented on the Australian flag. Flanking both sides of the design is the dual date 1901 – 1951 while on the outer periphery is the country name “AUSTRALIA” and denomination “FLORIN”.

Historical value & great collection



Comments on: "Coin Watch – 1951 Commemorative Florin" (2)

  1. What’s the value of these watches and any idea how many were made? Thanks

    • The value of this watch is hard to assessee; however it is considered not so common these days. It is worthwhile to keep it for a longer periods and pass out down to next generation…

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