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…

GB & Ireland - Copper Penny (George, William & Victoria)

GB & Ireland – Copper Penny 1825-1860

GB & Ireland copper pennies (1825-60) are very sought after by collectors. They are often found in attic clearances and car boot sales in Ireland. The comparatively soft metal results in few coins surviving in higher grades. Many varieties exist and the main ones have been listed below. George IV Prior to ascension, George IV…

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

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:…