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Posted 2 years ago

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vetraio50
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My father will be 94 in May this year. He now resides in a nursing home. My mother and I meet there on Wednesdays. A month ago now Mum passed this to me in front of Dad and said she wanted me to have it. When I saw it, I immediately realised what it was because of Collector's Weekly. Thanks to the discussion on these metal items I knew something about its origin.

Mum's story was that my father had made it when he was in the Army. I doubt it. Mind you old Jack was always good with his hands. But I'm not sure if he was this good.

It is made from a Florin. Two shillings. Twenty cents these days. Silver 92.5% (.3364 Troy ounces) = $9.75 currently at scrap value.
(A silver coin melt value based on spot silver prices of $28.99 (US) and $28.32 (AUD) on 3/8/2013 10:14:04 PM GMT.)

Not a huge value for a coin but of immense value to me and this goes into the "Not For Sale" section of my collection. I never knew of its existence. I never saw him wear it. It fits my pinky/ digitus V manus perfectly. I cannot ask him about it because of his severe dementia. It's a little 'treasure' and I told Mum that I would treasure it. I meant it.

Background to the 1942 Florin in the war years:

"1942 San Francisco Mint Silver Florin
Sterling Silver
In 1942, Australia was at war. The Japanese were on our doorstep and the Americans were already here, in fact the well paid American servicemen spent up so much that they literally broke our banks supply of small change. The Sydney Mint had closed its doors in 1926, having gone broke making money and the Perth and Melbourne Mints could not cope with the quotas required. The San Francisco and Denver Mints came to the party and produced over 6 million pounds worth of silver florin, sixpence and threepence coins. The San Francisco florins have a "S" mintmark over the date….
Mintage: 6,000,000"
http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/today-s-finds/204190-silver-today.html

Because of the method used to create these pieces the date is not there on the inside to say its an American mint example. But you never know?

Comments

  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks Manikin!
  2. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
    Learn something new everyday. Thanks.
  3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks blunderbuss!
  4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Thanks as well too pops52, mustangtony & officialfuel!
  5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks, Sean and to you too, Kev!
  6. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    GREAT souvenir of the War!

    It is amazing to have it still in the family. The coins were popular souvenirs among US Troops-- many were set in aircraft plexiglass. Many heart shaped ones were sent to sweethearts in the US (and remain to this day)!

    scott
  7. BHock45 BHock45, 2 years ago
    vetraio50. I am so happy for you and your family to have such a treasure, and each other. Great item sir!!! Take care! :)
  8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks BHock!
  9. AmberRose AmberRose, 2 years ago
    Your Daddy sounds like he is quite a character. I'm sure he would spin a great tale regarding this piece. Give him a kiss from me (minty American) on Wednesday.
  10. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Fabulous ring and wonderful account!!! So glad that you have this to remember your good father and his wartime sacrifices!
  11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Thanks miKKo and Amber too!
    I have to be careful with him, Amber.
    He is a bit 'up-tight' even now he's probably re living his first decade.
    It's a bit like looking at myself in the mirror.
    Difficult.
  12. inky inky, 2 years ago
    What a lovely story and how lucky you are to have something that meant so much to both of them and something that you can have close to you at all times.. it is!! priceless!...:-)
  13. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks inky, Phil and Alfredo!
  14. ardee54 ardee54, 2 years ago
    wow kevin what a gem . and such a facinating history to the ring, i'm sure you will treasure it.
    yourself and paul look great on your profile picture, hell you haven't changed a bit. botox really is wonderful !!!!!! love diana
  15. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks nldionne, rniederman, Designer, AntigueToys, Geno and to ardee54 too!
    Hi Diana! Botox! Never!
  16. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Hey scottvez, I apologize for having not thanked you for your kind, informative comments!
  17. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    No problem, vetraio.

    I have several florin souvenirs from WW2-- all separated from the original owner/ family. It is nice to see one still cherished by the family!

    scott
  18. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Thanks to you, Scott, Kevin and the others at CW I knew exactly what it was when Mum took it out of her purse.

    I was shocked to see something that I knew about coming from my parents.
    They kept very little.
    That's actually not true.
    Mum determinedly kept very little.
    My father was a hoarder.
    He had every bus and train ticket he ever bought.
    I will not say what happened to the 'mess'.
  19. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks Hedgewalker!
  20. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks bratjdd!
  21. bratjdd bratjdd, 2 years ago
    You are very Welcome.
  22. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks czechman!
  23. Budek Budek, 2 years ago
    What a wealth of memory and emotion it must conjure,
    beautiful story, Kevin.
  24. Poop Poop, 2 years ago
    Love it
  25. Hunter Hunter, 2 years ago
    great story and gorgeous memento. wear it well! :)
  26. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks to all of you!
    Hunter
    birdie
    Poop
    lisa
    Budek
    & JayHow yoo!
  27. petey petey, 2 years ago
    Well, tie me kangaroo down sport!!! Now this goes to the top of my Love list on several counts, wartime, military, coins, hand made, but most importantly family history. Fantastic, thanks for sharing!!! Fantastic (did I say that already?) Ok Fantastic for the third time!
  28. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks Kerry10456!
  29. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Mind me platypus duck
    Ah, don't let 'im go running amok, Bill
    Just mind me platypus duck...

    And thanks to you too Coober Pedy!
    I'll speak to Rolf and Dame Edna about it!
  30. epson233 epson233, 2 years ago
    great story -- thanks for sharing
  31. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks epson233!
  32. ozmarty ozmarty, 2 years ago
    All of the above .
  33. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Thanks to you too, ozmarty!
  34. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks Hunter and Manikin too!
  35. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks Tlynnie1942!
  36. Militarist Militarist, 2 years ago
    This is much better than the average coin ring because the coat of arms was cut out and then mounted on the body of the ring!
  37. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks Militarist! I agree that they took a piece of the design and flipped it. It suggests the six States and deletes the Crown. My father was a republican rather than a supporter of the English Monarchy.
  38. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks Tony50!
  39. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks to you too SteveS! How are things in Melbourne?
  40. Budek Budek, 2 years ago
    I love it all over again,
    Thanks for posting this treasured piece,
    T
  41. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    And thanks to you too Tonino!
  42. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks Agram!
  43. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks freiheit!
  44. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks AEON!
  45. pw-collector pw-collector, 1 year ago
    A great memento to have and treasure, and always a reminder of your father.
    Great piece, thanks for sharing,
    Dave
  46. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    I thank you Dave for you kind comments!
  47. ATTWOOD ATTWOOD, 1 year ago
    WOW an amazing piece.I absolutely love jewellery made from old coins.The story behind it is even more special.
    Cheers Rose
  48. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks NICOLEJERELEN and to you to ATTWOODROSE!
  49. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks AGRAM & SARAHHOFF too!
  50. vetraio50 vetraio50, 10 months ago
    Many thanks AGHCOLLECT!
  51. vetraio50 vetraio50, 10 months ago
    Many thanks VANSKYCOCK!
  52. vetraio50 vetraio50, 10 months ago
    Mny thanks RONM!
  53. vetraio50 vetraio50, 10 months ago
    Many thanks AIMATHENA!
  54. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 months ago
    Many thanks TREY 'n ANTIQUEROSE!
  55. tom61375 tom61375, 8 months ago
    That ring is all-around-awesome! A pearler =)
  56. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 months ago
    Many thanks TOM 'n BELLEÉPOQUE!
  57. SEAN68 SEAN68, 8 months ago
    Very Impressive !! and stunning :)
  58. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 months ago
    Thanks SEAN. I'm certain the old bloke would be surprised at the attention it has received. I really do cherish it!
  59. SEAN68 SEAN68, 8 months ago
    Your very welcome Kevin!!! Yes hes very happy That it has gotten some stunning attention and it should as well :) I would cherish if it were mine as well!! :)
  60. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 months ago
    Many thanks BHOCK!
  61. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 months ago
    Many thanks BRATJDD 'n JUNIOr1982 too!
  62. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 months ago
    Many thanks FREIHEIT!
  63. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 months ago
    Many thanks TRUTHISANARROW !!!!!

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