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Weight and fineness are important considerations for the Mint and the collection reflects this in its array of balances and trial plates. This double-florin weight was made in 1887 by Oertling, a firm that was responsible for supplying weights and balances of the highest quality at the end of the nineteenth century.

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Although the Victorian double-florin of 1887-1890 did not prove to be a particularly popular coin in circulation, the care that was taken over the preparation of this box, and the verification marks on the weight, are ample evidence of the importance attached to maintaining proper standards.

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