Australian 1/4 oz Gold Florin

IRA Approved

Get a unique piece of Australia with the Australian 1/4 oz. Gold Florin. The florin is an interesting piece of Australian history because it was used before the current decimalization system was adopted in 1966. The original Australian Florins were produced between 1910 and 1963, with a few commemorative florins being minted over the years. A gold or silver Australian Florin is a great coin to add to your investment portfolio.

Gold Florin FAQs

What is an Australian Gold Florin?

An Australian Gold Florin is a gold version of the florin, which is a coin that was used before a switch was made in 1966. The florin was initially worth two shillings, which was the equivalent of 24-pence or one-tenth of a pound. Because these coins are a key part of the history of Australia, commemorative florins are still released for investment purposes.

What does the Australian Gold Florin symbolize?

This fixed-mintage coin’s obverse features Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, wearing the King George IV diadem and Diamond Jubilee earrings. This is Jody Clark’s instantly-recognizable “fifth portrait” of the Queen, called “the new definitive Britannia.” Weight, purity, denomination, and year of minting appear on the obverse. The ¼ oz. Gold Florin is no longer worth a mere two shillings; nominal face value is AU$25.

The reverse of the florin showcases the first Australian Commonwealth coat of arms circa 1908-1912, replacing traditional heraldic beasts with Australian icons. A kangaroo and emu support a shield bearing the Cross of St. George with five six-pointed stars (one for each state). Above the shield is the seven-point star of Federation, and below a banner with the motto, “Advance Australia.” The reverse is marked “1910,” in honor of the first year Australia minted florins. Indeed, the entire reverse of the Gold Florin pays homage to the century-old original design.

How much is a gold florin worth?

The 1/4 oz florin has a value that is influenced by changes in the price of gold, but the face value of this coin is AU 25 dollars. Aside from the face value, the exact value of Australian Gold Florin fluctuates depending on various factors, such as market conditions and inflation.

What is the history of the Australian Gold Florin?

First issued in 1344 by Edward III, the florin is a piece of history connecting Medieval England to modern-day Australia. This is a unique chance to own a piece of the British Empire. For the first time since 1963, Australia’s Perth Mint has issued a modern version of the timeless mainstay of the British Empire, the florin. At one time British florins circulated on six continents, from Boston to Bombay, Capetown to Cairo. Australia minted its own florins for over 50 years before the transition from the traditional English monetary system (240 pence to the pound) to decimalization (100 cents to the pound) rendered florins obsolete. However, there were some years when the coins weren’t made. There were also a few commemorative florins minted during the early 20th century. After updating the coin for the 21st century, Perth Mint has released its Australian ¼ oz. Gold Florin for distribution through Birch Gold Group.

Where can I buy gold florins?

Whether you’re looking for a gold florin or an Australian Platinum Florin, you can find them exclusively at Birch Gold Group. If you’re a Birch Gold Group customer, you can purchase Australian Gold Florins to diversify your portfolio and protect your nest egg. As the only company offering the Australian 1/4 oz. Gold Florin, you can add a piece of this commemorative series to your portfolio.

What percentage of gold is the Australian Gold Florin?

Like many commemorative coins, the Australian Gold Florin is made from 1/4 oz. of 0.9999 gold. This pure gold coin is an excellent value in terms of precious metals, just like the American Buffalo and some of the other popular precious metal coins.

Can an Australian Gold Florin be placed in a precious metals IRA?

Yes, you can place your Australian Gold Florin in a precious metals IRA. A precious metals IRA is a type of individual retirement account that holds precious metals for you as your retirement savings. Your precious metal IRA can increase in value when precious metal prices change or more coins are added to the account.

Is an Australian Gold Florin a good investment?

An Australian Gold Florin can be a good investment over time. While gold can be volatile in the short term, gold can prove to be a safe way to secure and protect your current savings. The Australian Gold Florin is made from 0.9999 gold and has a face value of 25 dollars. With that said, precious metals like the Australian ¼ oz. Gold Florin and Gold Rose Crown Guinea can help diversify your portfolio and protect your current savings from inflation, currency devaluation, and fluctuations in other forms of investments.

Can Australian Gold Florin be added to a precious metals IRA?

Yes, you can add Australian Gold Florin to a precious metals IRA. The IRS allows certain precious metals, such as gold, to be invested in an IRA as long as they meet certain criteria, such as being in the form of a bar or coin. A Birch Gold Group Precious Metals Specialist can help you with the paperwork needed to set up your precious metals IRA account. Once created, your precious metals will be stored in an insured depository. Learn more about precious metal IRAs through our Precious Metals IRA Guide.

Please note, Birch Gold’s selection of products rotates over time. To learn more about Australian gold florin coins, their availability and current pricing, please call us at (800) 355-2116.


A closer look at the Australian gold florin coin


  • Distributed solely by Birch Gold Group
  • Designer: Obverse, Jody Clark; Reverse, original designer William Henry James Blakemore
  • Composition: 99.99% gold
  • Dimensions: 20.6 mm diameter, 2.3 mm thickness
  • Australian legal tender, AU$25 face value
  • Fixed mintage

A note about traditional British currency

As anyone who’s read a Jane Austen novel or watched Downton Abbey knows all too well, traditional British currency is hard for the modern mind to understand. Here’s a brief explainer:

The basic unit of measure was the shilling, 1/20th of a pound sterling. However, the shilling wasn’t the smallest coin…

  • The farthing was the smallest coin, ¼ of a penny.
  • The halfpenny is self-explanatory.
  • The penny represented 1/20 shilling, or 1/240 pound sterling.
  • The threepence coin (often called “thruppence”)
  • Sixpence
  • Shilling
  • Florin (2 shillings)
  • The half crown was worth 2 shillings 6 pence (1/8 of a pound sterling or 30 pence)
  • The crown as you might expect was worth twice as much, or 5 shillings.
  • The sovereign was worth a full pound sterling, 20 shillings.
  • Finally, the last common coin was the guinea, valued at 21 shillings, or 1 pound 1 shilling. Oddly, the ghost of the guinea still exists in both England and commonwealth nations. Because such a high-value coin had aristocratic overtones, luxury items and expensive professional services were priced or billed in guineas even after decimalization. To this day, bids for racehorses (and purses for horse races) are made in guineas — although they’re paid in the equivalent of modern pounds sterling.