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1849 Godless florin, the first English decimal coin


Obv: VICTORIA REGINA 1849 - Victoria Queen 1849 , bust of Queen Victoria facing left, WW behind, not obliterated.
Rev: ONE FLORIN , above, ONE TENTH OF A POUND , below, around four cruciform shields with rose at centre; rose, thistle, rose and shamrock in angles.

Known as the "Godless florin" due to the omission of the term D.G. ( DEI GRATIA - by the grace of God). These coins were struck to test public opinion as the first step to the introduction of a decimal currency. Another rather unusual design at time, is that the portrait of Victoria is crowned, such a device not being seen on English coinage for nearly 200 years.

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