O’Brien Coin Price Guide: Irish Pre-Decimal Halfpenny

2018 Market Values Irish Free State (Saorstát Éireann) US Grades G VF 20 XF40 AU50 MS61RB YEAR Mintage Good Fine Very Fine Ex. Fine Uncirculated 1928 2,880,000 face €1.00 €2.00 €5.00 €15.00 6,001 proofs €35.00 re-strike €60.00 1933 720,000 face €3.50 €18.00 €75.00 €200.00 1935 960,000 face €2.00 €8.00 €50.00 €150.00 1937 960,000 face €1.25…


O’Brien Coin Price Guide: Irish Pre-Decimal Farthing

2018 Market Values Irish Free State (Saorstát Éireann) YEAR   VF 20 XF40 AU50 MS61 RB PF66 R Mintage Fine Very Fine Ex. Fine Uncirculated Proof (FDC) 1928 300,000 €2.25 €4.00 €7.00 €14.00 €30.00 1930 288,000 €3.50 €6.00 €15.00 €25.00 1931 192,000 €4.00 €7.50 €20.00 €35.00 €500.00 1932 192,000 €4.00 €8.00 €20.00 €35.00 1933 480,000…

Roman Gold Aureus of Maximinus I (235-238 C.E.)

O’Brien Coin Guide: Roman Emperors and their Coins, Part V (Military Anarchy of the 3rd C)

Introduction The Crisis of the Third Century, also known as the Military Anarchy or the Imperial Crisis, (AD 235–284) was a period in which the Roman Empire nearly collapsed under the combined pressures of invasion, civil war, plague, and economic depression. The Crisis began with the assassination of Emperor Alexander Severus at the hands of…

Henry II of England, Short Cross Class 1B Penny, Moneyer Oslac of Worcester

O’Brien Coin Guide: Why did Henry II not issue coins for Ireland?

Background Henry’s Troubled Succession Henry was born in France at Le Mans on 5 March 1133 as the eldest child of Geoffrey the Fair, Count of Anjou, and the Empress Matilda, so titled because of her first marriage to Henry V, the Holy Roman Emperor. Henry’s mother was a very powerful woman: She was the…

Charles I (1625-1649), Confederate Catholics, ‘Rebel Money’, Crown, mm. pellet

O’Brien Rare Coin Review: Confederate Catholic Coinage of 1642-43 (Kilkenny/Rebel Money)

Introduction In the older literature, these coins are referred to as ‘Kilkenny Money’ but are now, more properly referred to as ‘Confederated Catholic Coinage’ or ‘Rebel Money.’ There are two opinions re who actually these enigmatic coins – one thinks they might have been minted by the Catholic Confederacy in Kilkenny from as early as September 1642…