1763 'Northumberland' shilling (2,000 distributed in Ireland + c. 98,000 circulated in Britain)

The 1763 “Northumberland” Shilling – Is it Irish or British?

Introduction: The Northumberland Shilling is so called because the Earl of Northumberland as the new Lord Lieutenant of Dublin in 1763 distributed £100 worth of these new coins whilst parading on the streets of Dublin in Ireland. At 20 shillings to the pound, this implies a total issue of 2,000 coins Although appointed in April…

O’Brien Coin Guide: The Unofficial Irish Token Coinages of George III (1760-1820)

Introduction The late 18th century is a complicated time from the perspective of collecting tokens insofar as several dealers began to manufacture their own tokens for collectors, i.e. these did not circulate. They doubled and tripled their profits by deliberately producing mules, i.e. mis-matching obverse and reverse dies. They then increased their profits further by…