O’Brien Coin Price Guide 2016: The Irish Coinage of George III


O'Brien Coin Price Guide - Irish Milled Coinage of George III 1760-1813

2016 Market Values

The coinage of George II is reasonably easy to find in the lower grades but a substantial premium is paid for higher grade coins – which are not easy to obtain. Last year, we saw steep price increases at auction for proofs and regular issues in Extremely Fine (EF) and Uncirculated grades.

George III, 1760-1820. Halfpenny 1766

George III, 1760-1820. London Halfpenny 1766

George III - London Coinage

 

Like all official Irish coinage since the time of William & Mary, the above Irish halfpennies were struck in London by the Royal Mint. George III, however, ordered Irish coins to be struck in other mints – hence, the halfpennies above are known as the London Coinage of George III.

1806 Ireland George III "Soho Coinage" copper farthing, Laureate and draped bust facing right

1806 Ireland George III “Soho Coinage” copper farthing, Laureate and draped bust facing right

O'Brien Coin Price Guide - George III - Soho Coinage (farthing)

In a departure from recent tradition, George II re-formed his coinage and engaged the Soho Mint of Birmingham to strike the new ‘heavy’ copper coinage. The farthings (above) and the halfpennies and pennies (below) are, therefore, known as the Soho Coinage to collectors.

1805 Ireland George III "Soho Coinage" copper halfpenny, Laureate and draped bust facing right

1805 Ireland George III “Soho Coinage” copper halfpenny, Laureate and draped bust facing right

O'Brien Coin Price Guide 2016 - George III - Soho Coinage (halfpenny)

1805 Ireland George III "Soho Coinage" copper penny, Laureate and draped bust facing right

1805 Ireland George III “Soho Coinage” copper penny, Laureate and draped bust facing right

O'Brien Coin Price Guide 2016 - George III - Soho Coinage (penny)

1806 5d Bank of Ireland Token

1806 5 Pence Bank of Ireland Token

George III - Bank of Ireland 5d Tokens

1813 George III Irish 10 Pence Bank token (obv + rev)

1813 George III Irish 10 Pence Bank token

George III - Bank of Ireland 10d Tokens

George III, Bank of Ireland , 30 pence token, 1808

George III, Bank of Ireland , 30 pence token, 1808

George III - Bank of Ireland 30d Tokens

George III, Bank of Ireland coinage, Six Shillings, 1804, wide initials, first leaf to upright in e in dei (S 6615)

George III, Bank of Ireland coinage, Six Shillings, 1804, wide initials, first leaf to upright in E in DEI

George III - Bank of Ireland 6s Tokens

 

 

1796 Castlecomer Colliery token (over-struck on a Spanish Colonial silver 8 reales 'donor' coin)

1796 Castlecomer Colliery token, valued at 5 shillings and 5 pence    (over-struck on a Spanish Colonial silver 8 reales ‘donor’ coin)

George III - Castlecomer Tokens

There are a number of rare pattern for George III but theses are extremely rare and seldom seen at auction, so I have not listed them here.

The Voce Populi tokens – a specialist para-numismatic study group, belonging to both Ireland and Colonial America have been listed separately.

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