O’Brien Rare Coin Review: Does an Irish (small) 1991 5p coin exist?

The Irish five pence coin, first introduced in 1971, was 5.65518 grams in weight with a diameter of 2.3595 centimetres. This matched the British five pence coin. As a modern coin it became apparent in the late 1980s that the coin’s physical dimensions were large relative to its value. On 30th April, 1992, Minister for Finance…

Inchiquin Money, Shilling, 5.52g., 30mm, issue of 1642, struck at Dublin, stamped 3 dwt:. 21 gr: in pellet bordered circle both sides, (S.6533), good very fine, rare.

Irish Coin Daily: Inchiquin Money, Shilling

Date: c. 1642 Description: Inchiquin Money, Shilling, 5.52g., 30mm, issue of 1642, struck at Dublin, stamped 3 dwt:. 21 gr: in pellet bordered circle both sides, (S.6533) Good Very Fine (gVF) Rare Obverse: Stamped 3 dwt:. 21 gr: in pellet bordered circle Reverse: Stamped 3 dwt:. 21 gr: in pellet bordered circle Country: Ireland Category:…

Duke of Ormonde’s gold coinage of 1646-7, Pistole, Dublin, undated, stamped 4dwt 7grs both sides

Difficulties in grading old coins

For many collectors the topic of coin grading is a vexing one – it often seems so subjective and inconsistent. Of course, the most common and obvious targets for their ire are the dealers and auctioneers who, by way of describing their wares, are forced to commit their opinions of grade to paper. No ‘absolute’…

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What Irish banknotes & coins are most popular with collectors?

Please help ! First ever global survey on Irish coins and banknotes ! I am currently doing a post-grad diploma in digital marketing (NFQ, Level 9) research project and need feedback from Irish coin and banknote collectors. This is an academic research project It will not be used for commercial purposes The survey is 100%…

There are five main classes of coins in the Hiberno-Norse, Phase I series

O’Brien Rare Coin Guide: Hiberno-Norse, Phase 1 (AD 995–1022)

Introduction The first phase of the Hiberno-Norse coinages were imitations of contemporary Anglo-Saxon coins. They were produced in Dublin but closely copied the style of the silver pennies of Aethelred II of England and his successor Cnut. Since the English coin designs changed periodically, the dating and sequence of their Hiberno-Norse equivalents can be identified…

1647 Bandon farthing - Obverse BB in circle, Reverse 3 castles, 1 above 2 in circle

O’Brien Rare Coin Review: Coinage of the Cities of Refuge (Bandon 1646-49)

Bandon in 1641 The rural counties of Leinster, Munster and Ulster were sparsely populated by Protestant settlers that had been given land in recent plantations. In many places, the Catholic tenants that had previously worked the farms were still in the locality and subsisted as landless outlaws (woodkerne, or tories). When rebellion broke out, some…