Coat of Arms: The Dublin Goldsmiths' Guild was 16th in order of precedence of the Dublin guilds when it was re-incorporated in 1637.

17th C Irish Banknotes

Early Irish Proto-Banknotes The origins of Irish banking can be traced back as far as the 17th C in Dublin where the Dublin Guild of Goldsmiths (now the only surviving medieval guild in Dublin) issued receipts for deposits of coins. Initially the currency notes took the form of receipts issued by goldsmiths, coin exchangers and…

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O’Brien Rare Coin Review: Why is the 1943 Irish Florin so valuable?

Introduction The 1943 florin is the rarest ‘modern’ Irish coin to have actually circulated. The 1985 Irish 20p was not intended to circulate The 1992 Irish 10p was not intended to circulate Both of the coins listed above were minted for only testing purposes, i.e. to calibrate vending machines and they were supposed to have…

1961 Ireland Halfcrown - the differences between the normal and mule reverse

O’Brien Coin Guide: How to identify the Irish 1961 Halfcrown ‘Mule’ variety

The 1961 ‘mule’ halfcrown was struck in error (or, possibly deliberately) from a reverse die from the 1928-37 type.  In 1938 the halfcrown reverse – the side with the horse on it – had been redesigned to improve the striking characteristics of the coin.  A single example of the 1938 trial of the new die…

Controversy follows 1927 Irish coin design competition results

In 1922 Ireland won its independence from Britain after a two-year War of Independence and protracted negotiations in London.  The team, authorized to negotiate on behalf of Dáil Eireann, signed a treaty and, after ratification by ‘simple majority’ in the Dáil and by a referendum vote by the Irish people, the Irish Free State was…

O’Brien Rare Coin Review: Why is the 1985 Irish 20p coin so valuable?

The new Irish 20p coin In 1982 the then Minister for Finance, Ray MacSharry, announced that a twenty or twenty-five pence coin might be designed and in August 1984 the twenty pence was chosen.  The Arts Council of Ireland recommended the horse design. The twenty pence (20p) coin was introduced on 30th October 1986.  It was first…

O’Brien Rare Coin Review: Why is the 1938 Irish Penny so valuable?

In 1937, a new constitution declaring Ireland a free state was established and the old designs for the coins of Ireland that featured the legend “Saorstat Eireann” or Irish Free State were changed to “Eire” to reflect the new constitution. The only known 1938 coins to feature that revised legend are: one halfcrown (currently unique…

Grading Irish Coins – An Introductory Guide

Introduction There are two facets of grading coins that are frequently discussed at coin fairs and exhibitions – condition and rarity ! The former is relatively straight forward (albeit subject to several different standards) whereas the latter is often the subject of spirited debate.  In order to address both, I will deal with them separately. …