Ireland, Henry VIII (1509-47), Groat, first harp issue, with Katherine Howard (1540), 1.96g, m.m. crown, crowned coat-of-arms, rev. crowned harp between royal cypher h k (S.6474)

Irish Coin Daily: Groat of Henry VIII & Anne Boleyn, First Harp Issue (1534-35)

Date: c. 1534-35 Description: Ireland, Henry VIII (1509-47), Groat, first harp issue, with Anne Boleyn (1534-5), 2.30g, m.m. crown, crowned coat-of-arms, rev. crowned harp between royal cypher h a (S.6472) Pleasing dark tone Obverse weak in places, the reverse better Good Fine (GF) Country: Ireland Category: Anglo-Norman House of Tudor Henry VIII Anne Boleyn Hammered…

AR Penny. Phase V coinage, ca.1065-96AD, ca.17mm, ca.0.7g. Draped bust left; large cross pattée on neck; blundered and illegible legend around / Voided long cross, with triple crescent ends; pellet, annulet, pellet, and inward-facing anchor in angles; blundered and illegible legend around. S6138

Irish Coin Daily: Hiberno-Norse Silver Penny, Phase V – Draped bust left; large cross pattée on neck

Date: c. 1065 – 1095   Description: Hiberno-Norse coinage, silver penny, Dublin, Phase V coinage. Approx. 17mm, circa 0.7g.  S6138 Obverse: Draped bust left; large cross pattée on neck Blundered and illegible legend around Reverse: Voided long cross, with triple crescent ends; pellet, annulet, pellet, and inward-facing anchor in angles. Blundered and illegible legend around. Country:…

Irish Coin Daily: Silver Groat of Edward IV (1461-1483)

Date: c. 1460-1463 Description: Edward IV Silver Groat. Dublin mint, c.1460-1463. Large crown within tressure of nine arches, each arch ending in triple pellets / CIVI TΛS DVBL InIЄ (double saltire stops) large cross pattée; triple pellets in quarters; central annulet in second and third quarters. S 6272. 2.44g, 23mm, 8h. Very Fine, albeit with some clipping. Extremely…

Ireland. Henry III (1216-1272) AR Penny. Dublin, c. 1251-1254. Һ(ЄNR)I CVS R ЄX III, crowned facing bust, holding sceptre; cinquefoil to right; all within triangle / RIC (AR)D O(N D) IVЄ, voided long cross, with trefoil in each angle. SCBI 10, Belfast 438-64; S 6236. 1.41g, 18mm, 4h.

Irish Coin Daily: Henry III Silver Penny, Class 1a (Moneyer: Ricard of Dublin)

Date: c. 1251-1254 Description: Henry III silver penny, Dublin mint, Class 1a Weight: 1.41g Diameter: 18mm Very Fine (VF) References: S.6235, SCBI 10, Belfast Plate IX, 428-429. Obverse: Crowned facing bust, holding sceptre; cinquefoil to right; all within a double triangle Legend: (ЄNR)I CVS R ЄX III Translates as: Richard III, King Reverse: Voided long cross,…

Duke of Ormonde’s gold coinage of 1646-7, Pistole, Dublin, undated, stamped 4dwt 7grs both sides

Difficulties in grading old coins

For many collectors the topic of coin grading is a vexing one – it often seems so subjective and inconsistent. Of course, the most common and obvious targets for their ire are the dealers and auctioneers who, by way of describing their wares, are forced to commit their opinions of grade to paper. No ‘absolute’…