1928-43 Florin, struck on large silver fragment (reverse only). The Old Currency Exchange, Dublin, Ireland.

O’Brien Coin Guide: Irish Pre-Decimal Florin Errors & Varieties

Introduction: This post is a continuation of the research work done by Derek Young and Prof. G.F. Mitchell – first published in the Irish Numismatics magazine. Sadly, this excellent magazine is no longer available and quite difficult to source. The information in this post relates to ‘minting errors’ on Irish pre-decimal florins. According to a…

Hiberno-Norse Silver Penny, Phase V mule, crude bust left, trefoil of pellets to left (S.6139) + three birds around central pellet (S.6169). The Old Currency Exchange, Dublin, Ireland.

Irish Coin Daily: Hiberno-Norse Phase V Silver Penny Mule (crude bust left, trefoil of pellets to left (S.6139) + three birds around central pellet (S.6169)

Date: c. 1080 – 1085 Description: Hiberno-Norse coinage, silver penny mule, Phase V coinage. Diameter: 17mm Weight: c. 0.7g. Good very fine (gVF), with some surface cracks and flat areas Obverse: Crude bust left, trefoil of pellets to left (S.6139) Blundered and illegible legend around Reverse: Three birds around central pellet (S.6169) Blundered and illegible legend…

1937 GB & Ireland silver threepence (George VI). The Old Currency Exchange, Dublin, Ireland.

O’Brien Coin Guide: GB & Northern Ireland Silver Threepence of George VI

Introduction: In 1936, Edward VIII produced a stunning new set of designs for British coinage and, in addition to producing a new ‘brass’ threepence, his proposed silver threepence featured the three rings of St Edward on the reverse. Between the death of his father, George V, and his planned coronation King Edward VIII abdicated and…

Spot the difference between the 'normal' and 'modified' effigy on the 1926 GB & Ireland Threepence. The Old Currency Exchange, Dublin, Ireland.

O’Brien Coin Guide: GB & Ireland Silver Threepence of George V, Part 2

Introduction: The silver threepences of George V are very popular amongst collectors and are readily available in coin dealers’ bulk boxes, and at coin fairs, exhibitions and car boot sales. There are four different types of George V threepence. Type 1: Sterling Silver issues (1911-1920) is dealt with separately. The three types dealt with in…

1911 GB & Ireland silver threepence (George V). The Old Currency Exchange, Dublin, Ireland.

O’Brien Coin Guide: GB & Ireland Silver Threepence of George V, Part 1

Introduction: The silver threepences of George V are very popular amongst collectors and are readily available in coin dealers’ bulk boxes, and at coin fairs, exhibitions and car boot sales. The first type (sterling issues) are much softer than their later (50% silver) counterparts and wear more easily, thus coins in the higher grades are…

1902 Edward VII silver threepence

O’Brien Coin Guide: GB & Ireland Silver Threepences of Edward VII

Introduction: The silver threepences of Edward VII are very popular amongst collectors and a full set set is relatively easy to complete. There are no major varieties and even the silver proof of 1902 is readily available. Silver Threepence: Edward VII Alloy: Sterling Silver (92.5% silver) Weight: 1.41g Diameter: 16mm Edge: Plain Obverse: Bare head…