1826 George IV (Wyon portrait)

O’Brien Coin Guide: GB & Ireland Gold Sovereigns (George IV)

Introduction: The British gold sovereign is one of the most ‘collected’ gold coins in Ireland today. We used it when we were part of the UK and it would seem that we are still hoarding them. Named after the English gold sovereign, previously last minted in 1604, the name was revived with the Great Re-coinage…

1937 GB & Northern Ireland brass threepence (The Old Currency Exchange, Dublin).

O’Brien Coin Guide: GB & Northern Ireland Brass Threepence (George VI)

Background: By the end of George V’s reign the threepence had become unpopular in England because of its small size but it remained popular in Scotland. It was consequently decided to introduce a more substantial ‘thru’penny bit’ which would have a more convenient weight/value ratio than the silver coinage. The silver threepence continued to be…

1841 GB & Ireland Copper Penny (Victoria) - no colon after REG

O’Brien Coin Guide: GB & Ireland Copper Pennies of Victoria

Introduction: 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. Victorian Copper Pennies: Victoria became Queen…