1937 GB & Ireland silver threepence (George VI). The Old Currency Exchange, Dublin, Ireland.

O’Brien Coin Guide: GB & Northern Ireland Silver Threepence of George VI

Introduction: In 1936, Edward VIII produced a stunning new set of designs for British coinage and, in addition to producing a new ‘brass’ threepence, his proposed silver threepence featured the three rings of St Edward on the reverse. Between the death of his father, George V, and his planned coronation King Edward VIII abdicated and…

A silver, medieval, half groat of Edward IV AD.1461-1483, first reign, AD.1461-1470, Irish issue, Heavy Portrait ‘Cross and Pellets’ coinage. Dublin mint, Spink 6354 Obverse, bust of king facing with annulets beside neck, pellet on neck, [...]WAR[...]IE Reverse, Long cross with three pellets in angles, outer legend, POS[VI:/ DEV]M:/ADIVTO/RE: MEV inner legend CIVI/TAS/DVB/LIE

Irish Coin Daily: Silver Half-Groat of Edward IV, Heavy Portrait ‘Cross & Pellets’ coinage (Waterford mint) 1465-66

Date: c. 1465-66 Description: Edward IV. First reign, 1461-1470. Silver Half-Groat, Heavy Portrait ‘Cross and Pellets’ coinage. Waterford mint. Fine (F) Obverse: Crowned facing bust within tressure of arches, with inward facing lis on cusps, pellets in three lower spandrels Legend incomplete / worn + […]WAR[…]IE Reverse: Long cross pattée with trefoils in angles, additional pellets in…

1943 GB & Ireland bronze farthing (George VI)

O’Brien Coin Guide: GB & Northern Ireland Bronze Farthings (George VI)

Background: Edward VIII advised the Royal Mint that he wanted a modern coinage to reflect a modern Britain but, after his abdication, it was his younger brother (George VI) who inherited his new designs – the first of which was the farthing. A European Wren replaced Britannia on the reverse. This bird motif was similar…

1870 GB & Ireland silver three-halfpence (Victoria) - proof

O’Brien Coin Guide: GB & Ireland Silver Three-Halfpence

Introduction: The ‘three-halfpence’ was the smallest silver coin ever struck by the Royal Mint for circulation. It was worth ​11⁄2d (or ​1⁄160 of a pound) and was produced for circulation in the British colonies, specifically for use in British Guiana, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), Mauritius, Sierra Leone and the West Indies. They were a rough…

The new Central Bank of Ireland building on Dublin North Quays

Exciting news for Irish Numismatic historians as the Central Bank of Ireland opens its archives for public research

The Central Bank of Ireland has opened its archives to the public for the first time and we hope that many unanswered questions of Irish numismatic interest can, at last, be answered. These archives include a range of materials created and acquired by the bank – such as objects, documents and ledgers dating from 1786…