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    Posted 8 years ago

    vetraio50
    (726 items)

    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?

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    Comments

    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks Manikin!
    2. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 8 years ago
      Learn something new everyday. Thanks.
    3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks blunderbuss!
    4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Thanks as well too pops52, mustangtony & officialfuel!
    5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks, Sean and to you too, Kev!
    6. scottvez scottvez, 8 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, 8 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, 8 years ago
      Many thanks BHock!
    9. AmberRose AmberRose, 8 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, 8 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, 8 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, 8 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, 8 years ago
      Many thanks inky, Phil and Alfredo!
    14. ardee54 ardee54, 8 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, 8 years ago
      Many thanks nldionne, rniederman, Designer, AntigueToys, Geno and to ardee54 too!
      Hi Diana! Botox! Never!
    16. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Hey scottvez, I apologize for having not thanked you for your kind, informative comments!
    17. scottvez scottvez, 8 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, 8 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, 8 years ago
      Many thanks Hedgewalker!
    20. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks bratjdd!
    21. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks czechman!
    22. Budek Budek, 8 years ago
      What a wealth of memory and emotion it must conjure,
      beautiful story, Kevin.
    23. Poop Poop, 8 years ago
      Love it
    24. Hunter Hunter, 8 years ago
      great story and gorgeous memento. wear it well! :)
    25. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks to all of you!
      Hunter
      birdie
      Poop
      lisa
      Budek
      & JayHow yoo!
    26. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks Kerry10456!
    27. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 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!
    28. epson233 epson233, 8 years ago
      great story -- thanks for sharing
    29. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks epson233!
    30. ozmarty ozmarty, 8 years ago
      All of the above .
    31. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Thanks to you too, ozmarty!
    32. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks Hunter and Manikin too!
    33. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks Tlynnie1942!
    34. Militarist Militarist, 8 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!
    35. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 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.
    36. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks Tony50!
    37. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks to you too SteveS! How are things in Melbourne?
    38. Budek Budek, 8 years ago
      I love it all over again,
      Thanks for posting this treasured piece,
      T
    39. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      And thanks to you too Tonino!
    40. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks Agram!
    41. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks freiheit!
    42. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks AEON!
    43. pw-collector pw-collector, 8 years ago
      A great memento to have and treasure, and always a reminder of your father.
      Great piece, thanks for sharing,
      Dave
    44. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      I thank you Dave for you kind comments!
    45. ATTWOOD ATTWOOD, 8 years ago
      WOW an amazing piece.I absolutely love jewellery made from old coins.The story behind it is even more special.
      Cheers Rose
    46. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks NICOLEJERELEN and to you to ATTWOODROSE!
    47. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks AGRAM & SARAHHOFF too!
    48. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks AGHCOLLECT!
    49. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks VANSKYCOCK!
    50. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Mny thanks RONM!
    51. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks AIMATHENA!
    52. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks TREY 'n ANTIQUEROSE!
    53. tom61375, 7 years ago
      That ring is all-around-awesome! A pearler =)
    54. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks TOM 'n BELLEÉPOQUE!
    55. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      Very Impressive !! and stunning :)
    56. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Thanks SEAN. I'm certain the old bloke would be surprised at the attention it has received. I really do cherish it!
    57. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years 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!! :)
    58. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks BHOCK!
    59. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks BRATJDD 'n JUNIOr1982 too!
    60. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks FREIHEIT!
    61. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks TRUTHISANARROW !!!!!
    62. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks HUDDYHUDDY !!!!!
    63. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks EFESGIRL !!!!
    64. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks AURA !!!!!
    65. AmatoorPikr, 5 years ago
      Enjoyed reading your real life account!!!
    66. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks AMATOORPIKR & CAPERKID too !!!!!!!
    67. martika martika, 5 years ago
      Wonderful story :)
    68. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanksMARTIKA & RECORDMANTIME !!! ! !!!
    69. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 5 years ago
      What a lovely memento. :-)))
    70. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks EFESGIRL !!! ! !!!

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