Ireland, Henry III silver penny (18mm, 1.37 g, 3h). Class Ia. Dublin mint, moneyer: Ricard, struck c. 1251-1254

Book Review: Henry III, Dublin Mint (Voided Long Cross 1251-54)

I don’t usually review books on Irish coinage but this one is an exception. Gerry Slevin, a native of Dublin, has just published the best book on Irish hammered coinage to date. It is filled with essential information, great photographs and a comprehensive set of legend and die variations. Gerry has previously published books on…

IRELAND, Hiberno-Norse. Sihtric III Olafsson. 995-1036. AR Penny (19mm, 1.30 g, 3h). Early Phase II coinage, Long Cross type. Difelin (Dublin) mint signature; Steng, moneyer. Struck circa 1018-1035. + (retrograde Z)IHTR(IC) RE+ DIFL, draped bust right; cross pattée behind neck; pellet in each angle of neck / + (retrograde Z)TE NGM O DУF LNIR, voided long cross, with triple crescent ends; pellet in each angle. Blackburn 4 –; O’S 10; cf. SCBI 8 (BM), 67 (for type); SCBI 32 (Belfast), 46 (same rev. die); D&F 23; cf. SCBC 6122. Near EF, toned. Very rare moneyer.

Irish Coin Daily: Hiberno-Norse, Phase II Silver Penny, Sihtric of Dublin (moneyer: Steng)

Date: c. 1018-1035 Description: IRELAND, Hiberno-Norse. Sihtric III Olafsson. 995-1036. Silver Penny (19mm, 1.30 g, 3h). Early Phase II coinage, Long Cross type. Difelin (Dublin) mint signature; Steng, moneyer. Struck circa 1018-1035. Blackburn 4 –; O’S 10; cf. SCBI 8 (BM), 67 (for type); SCBI 32 (Belfast), 46 (same rev. die); D&F 23; cf. SCBC 6122. Almost Extremely…

Ireland, Hiberno-Norse, Sihtric, penny, phase II (c.1015-1035), imitating long cross type of Aethelred II, + SIHTRC RE DIFLM, bust l., rev. + FÆ REMI NMO DYHI, long voided cross, pellet in each angle (S.6122; D&F.23), bottom edge very ragged, about very fine, scarce

Irish Coin Daily: Hiberno-Norse, Phase II Silver Penny, Sihtric of Dublin (moneyer: Faeremin)

Date: c. 1015-1035 Description: Hiberno-Norse, Sihtric, penny, phase II (c.1015-1035), imitating long cross type of Aethelred II,  (S.6122; D&F.23), bottom edge very ragged About very fine (aVF) Scarce Obverse: + SIHTRC RE DIFLM, bust l (translates as “Sihtric, King of Dublin”) Reverse: + FÆ REMI NMO DYHI, long voided cross, pellet in each angle (translates as Moneyer =…

Ireland. Henry VII (1485-1509) AR Groat. Dublin, c.1485-1487. [RЄX] ΛnGL IЄ FRΛ nC[IЄ], coat of arms over long cross with triple pellet ends / [DOmI] nVS hУBЄ RnIЄ, three crowns over long cross with triple pellet ends. S 6415. 1.92g, 22mm, 11h. Good Very Fine. Of exceptional quality and visual appeal.

Irish Coin Daily: Silver Groat of Henry VII (1485-1509), Dublin Mint

Date: c. 1485-1487 Description: Henry VII Silver Groat. Dublin mint, c.1485-1487. [RЄX] ΛnGL IЄ FRΛ nC[IЄ], coat of arms over long cross with triple pellet ends / [DOmI] nVS hУBЄ RnIЄ, three crowns over long cross with triple pellet ends. S 6415. 1.92g, 22mm, 11h. Good Very Fine (gVF) Of exceptional quality and visual appeal. Country: Ireland…

Irish Coin Daily: Silver Groat of Edward IV (1461-1483)

Date: c. 1460-1463 Description: Edward IV Silver Groat. Dublin mint, c.1460-1463. Large crown within tressure of nine arches, each arch ending in triple pellets / CIVI TΛS DVBL InIЄ (double saltire stops) large cross pattée; triple pellets in quarters; central annulet in second and third quarters. S 6272. 2.44g, 23mm, 8h. Very Fine, albeit with some clipping. Extremely…

IRELAND, Charles I, Confederate Catholics, Kilkenny Issues (1642-1643), Copper Halfpenny, crown over crossed sceptres, linear circle and legend surrounding both sides, rev crowned harp with C to left, R to right, 5.23g (DF 263; Nelson type I; S 6555). Quite weakly struck as usual, good fine, toned, rare

Irish Coin Daily: Copper Halfpenny of the Confederate Catholics, Kilkenny (1642-1643)

Date: c. 1642-1643 Description: Charles I, Confederate Catholics, Kilkenny Issues (1642-1643), Copper Halfpenny, crown over crossed sceptres, linear circle and legend surrounding both sides, rev crowned harp with C to left, R to right, 5.23g (DF 263; Nelson type I; S 6555). Quite weakly struck as usual Good Fine (gF) Toned Rare Country: Ireland Category: Anglo-Norman House…

Ireland, Philip and Mary, groat, 155[7], mm. rose, date lacks last digit, facing busts, crown above, date below, rev. crowned harp (S.6501B)

Irish Coin Daily: Silver Groat of Philip & Mary, 155[7]

Date: c. 155[7] Description: Ireland, Philip and Mary, groat, 155[7], mm. rose, date lacks last digit, facing busts, crown above, date below, rev. crowned harp (S.6501B), Obverse, Fine (F) Reverse, Very Fine (VF) Country: Ireland Category: Anglo-Norman House of Tudor Philip of Spain & (Bloody) Mary I (1553-1558) the only child of King Henry VIII and his first…

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…

Duke of Ormonde’s gold coinage of 1646-7, Pistole, Dublin, undated, stamped 4dwt 7grs both sides

Difficulties in grading old coins

For many collectors the topic of coin grading is a vexing one – it often seems so subjective and inconsistent. Of course, the most common and obvious targets for their ire are the dealers and auctioneers who, by way of describing their wares, are forced to commit their opinions of grade to paper. No ‘absolute’…