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…

1916 GB & Ireland bronze halfpenny (George V). The Old Currency Exchange, Dublin.

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

Background: George V’s reign was a turbulent one for Ireland and a very exciting for Irish numismatics – the highlight being a new Irish currency in 1928. After independence, Ireland continued to use GB & Ireland coins and banknotes. Despite the popularity of the new Irish currency, the coinage of GB & Northern Ireland persisted…

1944 GB & Northern Ireland George VI bronze halfpenny

O’Brien Coin Guide: GB & Northern Ireland Bronze Halfpennies of George VI

Background: George VI’s reign included the economically disastrous Word War II which culminated in his overseeing the dismantling of the British Empire to the point where it had to be transformed into a weaker / less cohesive British Commonwealth. The biggest loss was the independence and breakup of India into three nation states – India,…

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…

1937 GB & Northern Ireland brass threepence (The Old Currency Exchange, Dublin).

O’Brien Coin Guide: GB & Northern Ireland Brass Threepence (George VI)

Background: By the end of George V’s reign the threepence had become unpopular in England because of its small size but it remained popular in Scotland. It was consequently decided to introduce a more substantial ‘thru’penny bit’ which would have a more convenient weight/value ratio than the silver coinage. The silver threepence continued to be…