1903 GB & Ireland - Bronze Halfpenny - Edward VII. The Old Currency Exchange, Dublin.

O’Brien Coin Guide: GB & Ireland Bronze Halfpennies of Edward VII

Background: Edward VII’s reign was short and, from a numismatic viewpoint, relatively uneventful. He embarked on a goodwill tour (Royal Visit) of Ireland in 1902 and, despite the good press he received, Irish nationalism continued to grow. His bronze halfpennies were a continuation of Victorian designs, although the numbers minted were considerably higher than in…

1958 GB & Northern Ireland Elizabeth II bronze halfpenny

O’Brien Coin Guide: GB & Northern Ireland Bronze Halfpennies of Elizabeth II

Background: Unlike the pennies of Elizabeth II, British trade & commerce demanded a constant production of halfpennies from 1953 forward. Production increased from approx. 9 million in 1953 to an average of c. 50 million per year by the 1960s. In preparation for decimalisation in 1971, 146 million halfpennies were minted in 1967. All of…

1841 GB & Ireland Copper Penny (Victoria) - no colon after REG

O’Brien Coin Guide: GB & Ireland Copper Pennies of Victoria

Introduction: GB & Ireland copper pennies (1825-60) are very sought after by collectors. They are often found in attic clearances and car boot sales in Ireland. The comparatively soft metal results in few coins surviving in higher grades. Many varieties exist and the main ones have been listed below. Victorian Copper Pennies: Victoria became Queen…

1836 GB & Ireland - Silver Groat (William IV). The Old Currency Exchange, Dublin

O’Brien Coin Guide: GB & Ireland Silver Groats of William IV

Introduction: The GB & Ireland “William IV” groats (or fourpence) were minted exclusively for use in British Guiana. The coin’s obverse design was simply copied from the Maundy Money groat of William IV but William Wyon produced a completely new design for the reverse. Prior to this introduction, British Sterling had problems being accepted as…

1911-1926 GB & Ireland, George V, Obverse Type 1, bronze penny

O’Brien Coin Guide: GB & Ireland Bronze Pennies of George V

Background: Nobody thinks about British George V bronze pennies without thinking about the famous 1933 penny rarity. It is, perhaps, the most well-known British penny and many schoolboy collectors started the hobby by checking their pocket change for a 1933. Since these pennies circulated in Ireland right up until 1971, many Irish collectors also hoped…