1845 GB & Ireland Silver Groat. The Old Currency Exchange, Dublin, Ireland.

O’Brien Coin Guide: GB & Ireland Silver Groats of Queen Victoria

Introduction: William IV re-introduced the groat as a coin for circulation in British Guiana but, towards the end of his short reign, it was proposed for general circulation in the UK by MP Joseph Hume – hence its nickname “the Joey” His reasoning was that the coin was convenient for paying cab fares. The coin…

1958 GB & Northern Ireland Elizabeth II bronze halfpenny

O’Brien Coin Guide: GB & Northern Ireland Bronze Halfpennies of Elizabeth II

Background: Unlike the pennies of Elizabeth II, British trade & commerce demanded a constant production of halfpennies from 1953 forward. Production increased from approx. 9 million in 1953 to an average of c. 50 million per year by the 1960s. In preparation for decimalisation in 1971, 146 million halfpennies were minted in 1967. All of…