The first Irish 20p coin to be officially circulated was in 1986

O’Brien Coin Guide: The Irish Decimal Twenty Pence

The twenty pence (20p) (Irish: fiche pingin) coin was a subdivision of the Irish pound. It was introduced on 30th October 1986 and was first Irish decimal coin that was of a different size to the corresponding British coin. Its last issue was in 2000, two years before Ireland withdrew its pound for the euro. It…

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…