These are a few topics that do not easily fit into the usual categories but are an important part of Irish Numismatics. Some collectors consider them to be of para-numismatic interest, so I shall adhere to that nomenclature.
- Image Gallery: Counter-Strikes on Foreign Coins
- O’Brien Rare Coin Review: The Castlecomer Colliery Tokens
- Image Gallery: Coin Errors & Mis-Strikes
- Image Gallery: Political Counter-Strikes
- INLA counter-strikes on British coins
- IRA counter-strikes on British coins
- UDA counter-strikes on Irish coins
- UVF counter-strikes on Irish coins
- Image Gallery: Irish Coin Forgeries
- O’Brien Coin Guide: Irish Evasion Halfpennies (1770s to the 1790s)
- Image Gallery: Irish Commemorative Medals / Medallions
A token is usually described as “An object of value” and in the past has been used as a substitute for coinage or money, e.g. from the 16th to 18th century in Ireland, so-called tradesmens’ tokens were commonly used in lieu of the copper coinage of the day. The Masonic Order uses tokens as a symbol of belonging or membership. An alternative description of this type of token, popular in mainland Europe, is the term “Jeton” or “Jeton du Presence”. Also popular in 19th C Ireland were various forms of religious tokens, e.g. Communion Tokens.
- Irish Masonic Tokens
- Presbyterian Communion Tokens
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