Counterfeit Detection: Australia 1934-35 Victoria-Melbourne Florin

Posted on 9/14/2021

A close look at the surfaces of this coin makes it clear that it is not genuine.

Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city, was founded in 1835 and named after the British prime minister at the time. It was the nation’s interim capital in the early 20th century and now serves as the capital of the southern state of Victoria.

Genuine Australia 1934-35 Victoria-Melbourne Florin.
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An Australia 1934-35 Florin commemorating Melbourne’s 100th anniversary was designed by renowned English coin designer George Kruger Gray. Almost a third of the initial mintage of 75,000 was melted down, and the coin carries a premium today. Mint State examples can sell for several hundred dollars.

Counterfeit Australia 1934-35 Victoria-Melbourne Florin.
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Recently, NGC received a purported example of this coin. Unfortunately for the submitter, the coin is not genuine. It exhibits very poor details on both sides. For example, the mane of the horse is missing details, possibly because the counterfeiter appears to have overpolished the die there.

Close-up of genuine (left) and counterfeit.
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The counterfeit also has rough, porous surfaces, which is especially obvious on the devices. The face and crown of King George V, for example, look pockmarked when viewed under magnification.

Counterfeiters do not limit themselves to any particular country or denomination of coin; they will look for any opportunity to make money. In fact, NGC has featured several other Australian coins in the Counterfeit Detection column, including:

Collectors of Australian coins can rest assured that NGC-certified coins are backed by the NGC Guarantee of grade and authenticity.

Did you know? NGC has created a comprehensive Counterfeit Detection resource to help collectors and dealers identify counterfeit and altered coins. Visit

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