1836 GB & Ireland - Silver Groat (William IV). The Old Currency Exchange, Dublin

O’Brien Coin Guide: GB & Ireland Silver Groats of William IV

Introduction: The GB & Ireland “William IV” groats (or fourpence) were minted exclusively for use in British Guiana. The coin’s obverse design was simply copied from the Maundy Money groat of William IV but William Wyon produced a completely new design for the reverse. Prior to this introduction, British Sterling had problems being accepted as…

Lambert Simnal, King of Ireland - during the reign of Henry VII (1485-1509), but struck under the authority of Gerald Mór FitzGerald, 8th Earl of Kildare (c. 1456–1513).

Irish Rare Coin Review: Silver Groat of Lambert Simnal, King of Ireland, c. 1487

Introduction: When Edward IV died, in 1483, his two surviving sons, Edward and Richard, then aged 12 and 9, were lodged in the Tower of London, under the protection of their uncle, Richard, Duke of Gloucester. The eldest boy, Edward, was King Edward V (although he was never crowned) After the legitimacy of his father’s…

Galway, Ballyglunin Estate (M I Blake) 8d truck token

O’Brien Coin Guide: Truck/Scrip Tokens of Ballyglunin Estate, Co Galway

Introduction: Perhaps one of the most dispicable practises of the so-called landlord classes in Ireland (and elsewhere) was the ‘truck’ system whereby employees were sometimes partly paid in ‘Truck’ Tokens, spendable only in the issuer’s own shops, where prices were generally higher than elsewhere. The word truck is derived from the French troquer, meaning to “exchange” or “barter”…

Ireland, Henry VIII, First Harp Issue (1534-40), groat, m.m. crown, crowned h and i (for Henry and Jane Seymour, 1536-37) beside harp, 2.45g (S. 6473), good very fine

Irish Coin Daily: Groat of Henry VIII & Jane Seymour, First Harp Issue (1534-40)

Date: c. 1536-37 Description: Ireland, Henry VIII, First Harp Issue (1534-40), groat, m.m. crown, crowned “H” and “I” (for Henry and Jane Seymour, 1536-37) beside harp, 2.45g (S. 6473) Good very fine (GVF) Country: Ireland Category: Anglo-Norman House of Tudor Henry VIII Jane Seymour Hammered Additional Information: Jane Seymour (c. 1508 – 24 October 1537) Queen of England from…