Edward IV (1461-83), Penny, light cross and pellets coinage (1478), Trim Mint. (The Old Currency Exchange, Dublin)

Irish Coin Daily: Edward IV, Silver Penny – Light Cross & Pellets (annulets) Coinage, Trim Mint

Date: c. 1478 Description: Third Cross and Pellets coinage, Trim, mm. not visible, no marks on obv., 0.40g (UKDFD 20310; Burns –; S –). Good fine, excessively rare; one of two recorded specimens Obverse: Crowned facing bust Reverse: nothing in centre no extra pellets Note: An extremely rare issue struck from local dies and given…

Edward IV (Second reign), Silver Groat, Light Cross & Pellets (annulets) coinage, Limerick Mint

Irish Coin Daily: Edward IV, Silver Groat – Light Cross & Pellets (annulets) Coinage

Date: c. 1475-78 Description: Edward IV (Second reign), Silver Groat, Light Cross & Pellets (annulets) coinage. (24.5mm, 1.93 g, 10h). Limerick mint. Struck 1475-1478. SCBI 22 (Copenhagen), 400; D&F 133; SCBC 6342. Toned, minor edge chip and flan crack Near VF (aVF) Rare Obverse: Crowned facing bust, L on breast; quatrefoils flanking neck; all within…

Gold coins circulating in Ireland during the reign of Henry VI, c. 1460 (when he fixed exchange rates)

Monetary Crisis (1460), as Henry VI fixes exchange rates for foreign coins in Ireland

Introduction: The price of gold rose from the 1430s onward, so gold coins were worth more in Europe than in England, which resulted in a gold shortage in England as coins were exported for profit. This is known as an ‘arbitrage market’ and is also an early example of Gresham’s Law – it caused a…

O'Reilly Money - Henry VI, annulet issue, Calais mint, ex Belfast Natural History and Philosophical Society

Monetary Crisis in Ireland, as Henry VI struggles with money supply and fiscal control

Introduction: During the reign of Henry VI many parliamentary regulations were made in Ireland, relating to money; but most of these acts, as well as those of the three former reigns, are either lost or destroyed. 1422 By an English statute of his second year, it was enacted, that the ounce of silver should be…

John, as Lord of Ireland, 1185 (First Coinage, Profile Issue) Halfpenny, Dublin, ROGER

Irish Coin Daily: Prince John’s Silver Halfpenny (First ‘Profile’ Coinage, Uncertain Mint / Roger)

Date: c. 1185 Country: Ireland Category: Anglo-Norman House of Anjou Angevin Henry II John as Lord of Ireland First Coinage (Profile Issue) Dublin Mint Moneyer: Roger Hammered     Further Reading: O’Brien Coin Guide: Why did Henry II not issue coins under his own name for Ireland? O’Brien Rare Coin Review: John, Lord of Ireland, 1179 (First…

John as Lord of Ireland, silver halfpenny (First Profile issue) Elis moneyer, Dublin mint

Irish Coin Daily: Prince John’s Silver Halfpenny (First ‘Profile’ Coinage, Dublin Mint / Elis)

Date: c. 1185 Country: Ireland Category: Anglo-Norman House of Anjou Angevin Henry II John as Lord of Ireland First Coinage (Profile Issue) Dublin Mint Moneyer: Elis Hammered     Further Reading: O’Brien Coin Guide: Why did Henry II not issue coins under his own name for Ireland? O’Brien Rare Coin Review: John, Lord of Ireland, 1179 (First…

John, as Lord. 1190-1199. AR Farthing (0.35 gm). Second coinage. Dublin mint. Mascle with trefoils at corners / ADAM counter-clockwise around cross. The D not retrograde, as on most other known specimens. Seaby 6220; D&F 41. VF, deeply toned. Particularly fine style obverse. Very rare

Irish Coin Daily: Prince John’s Silver Farthing (Second Coinage, Dublin Mint / ADAM)

Date: c. 1190-1199 Description: John, as Lord. 1190-1199. Silver Farthing (0.35 gm). Second coinage. Dublin mint.  Seaby 6220; D&F 41. Particularly fine style obverse. Very Fine (VF) Deeply toned Very rare. Obverse: Mascle with trefoils at corners Reverse: ADAM counter-clockwise around cross. The D not retrograde, as on most other known specimens Country: Ireland Category: Anglo-Norman…