A condition of federation imposed by Victorian negotiators was that the national
parliament should not be within 200 miles of Sydney. Eventually a site was chosen
alongside the Molonglo river (a bit closer to Sydney than specified by the original
agreement) and an area of rural New South Wales was set aside as federal territory.
Twenty-seven years after federation, the temporary Federal Parliamant House in Canberra
was ready for occupation and to commemorate this occasion, a special florin was
struck depicting the building. The quality of the so-called Canberra Florin was
very high. The design was very distinctive and many were put aside as souvenirs.
Moreover, there were more commemorative florins than standard issue florins struck
in 1927. The result is that high-grade Canberra florins are fairly common whereas
the standard issue coins are scarce in grades EF and above.
High-grade forgeries of the 1927 florin exist.
F27M.2A.1 (Standard issue).|
F27M.3B ("Canberra" florin).|
The obverse of this coin is also different from that of the standard issue.
One of the high-grade forgeries struck at the private "mint" of Roy Manders
and Arthur Dwible. See separate page for more information.|