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1. a former British coin, originally silver and later cupronickel, equivalent to ten (new) pence
2. the standard monetary unit of Aruba, divided into 100 cents
3. (formerly) another name for guilder
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(1) A gold coin minted in Florence from 1252 to 1533, which later circulated in a number of European countries, including England and France. The florin weighed approximately 3.5 g.

(2) A silver coin minted in Florence in the late 12th and 13th centuries and weighing about 1.8 g.

(3) A silver coin issued in the mid-19th century in Great Britain; it weighed about 11.3 g and was valued at two shillings.

(4) An alternative name for the Dutch gulden and the Italian ducat.

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All pricing by the public sector and public utilities would be in florins. (For the first year of Stage 2 the public sector and utilities would still accept euros in settlement of florin invoices, with translation made on the basis of a reference exchange rate for the relevant period).
Gradually through Stage 2 households would dispose of their euro banknotes to a large extent in exchange for florin banknotes--in anticipation of Stage 3 when mandatory requirements for dual pricing would come to an end (and florins would be the conventional denominator for most retail trans actions).
Dutch government bonds, however, and other bonds issued in the domestic market, would be payable in Dutch euros and later florins, even if held by non-residents.
In the latter year it is recorded that Bonaventura, son of Salomone of Terracina, obtained a contract to carry on the business of money-lending in the Florentine town of Monte San Sabino [Savino] for six years starting from 1 October 1420 in return for an annual payment to the Florentine Camera of twenty-eight florins. The contract with Bonaventura is thus an example of the process whereby Jewish money-lenders found it possible in the 1420S to move their operations, previously carried out under the papal dominion, into Florentine territory.
In 1422 the same Bonaventura is associated with his son, our Salomone, in the practice of money-lending in Prato under a ten-year contract starting i September 1422, calling in this case for semiannual payments of 150 florins, or a total Of 3000 florins.(23) Thus, Salomone had been lending money in Florentine territory under the license of the Florentine treasury for years before he accepted on behalf of his sons the authorization in 1438 to carry on the business within the city of Florence itself.(24)
In contrast, it cost only three and a half florins to ship the figure from Pisa to Rome (Ricordi, 105).
(35) The horse was sold for fifteen florins, which Buonarroto considered a good price (Carteggio, 1:241, 2,56, 266).
Natural security has been selected as one of five finalists by the EPCA (European Payments Consulting Association) and will compete for the prestigious "Florin" Awards on the grounds of innovations in the transaction services industry and broad industry appeal.
The award winners will be announced at the Florin Award ceremony at the end of the 1st day at the EPCA Summit, April 19th 2012.