Rare Early 20th Century Silver Suffragette Defaced 2 Shillings Florin Votes For Women
A Rare Early 20th Century Silver Suffragette Defaced 2 Shillings Florin With Votes For Women To The Front And WSPU (Womens Social and Political Union) To The Back.
This coin was displayed with other items in Taggs Island Museum during the late 1960’s and again in Syon Park History on Wheels Museum in the early 1970’s, in the Social History and War Department.
Defacing money was, and is illegal, yet countermarking the coins was likely seen to be an effective method of advertising the suffragette cause whilst also demonstrating an ideological protest against male authority figures and a political system which disenfranchised women. Groups of suffragettes had been peacefully lobbying for the right to vote since the mid-1800s. The suffragette movement grew in the early 1900s, perceiving these peaceful methods to have been ineffective. They were willing to break the law in order to convey their message. Finally, in 1918 a small proportion of women were granted suffrage and by 1928 all women over the age of 21 were given the right to vote.
Condition is good, commensurate with age and use.