A “coinage” in use during The Middle Ages, The Florin was minted in Florence, Italy around 1252. Gold, it weighed 3.54 grams. The Florin design and quality was unchanged (never debased) though to 1533. Noted for it's engraving quality and fineness, The Florin increased in value due to Silver inflation in the 14th Century. The coin was considered ”International Currency” - and accepted in most Countries. The Florin had a high rate of exchange in Western Europe.