1937 GB & Ireland silver threepence (George VI). The Old Currency Exchange, Dublin, Ireland.

O’Brien Coin Guide: GB & Northern Ireland Silver Threepence of George VI

Introduction: In 1936, Edward VIII produced a stunning new set of designs for British coinage and, in addition to producing a new ‘brass’ threepence, his proposed silver threepence featured the three rings of St Edward on the reverse. Between the death of his father, George V, and his planned coronation King Edward VIII abdicated and…

Spot the difference between the 'normal' and 'modified' effigy on the 1926 GB & Ireland Threepence. The Old Currency Exchange, Dublin, Ireland.

O’Brien Coin Guide: GB & Ireland Silver Threepence of George V, Part 2

Introduction: The silver threepences of George V are very popular amongst collectors and are readily available in coin dealers’ bulk boxes, and at coin fairs, exhibitions and car boot sales. There are four different types of George V threepence. Type 1: Sterling Silver issues (1911-1920) is dealt with separately. The three types dealt with in…

1911 GB & Ireland silver threepence (George V). The Old Currency Exchange, Dublin, Ireland.

O’Brien Coin Guide: GB & Ireland Silver Threepence of George V, Part 1

Introduction: The silver threepences of George V are very popular amongst collectors and are readily available in coin dealers’ bulk boxes, and at coin fairs, exhibitions and car boot sales. The first type (sterling issues) are much softer than their later (50% silver) counterparts and wear more easily, thus coins in the higher grades are…

1902 Edward VII silver threepence

O’Brien Coin Guide: GB & Ireland Silver Threepences of Edward VII

Introduction: The silver threepences of Edward VII are very popular amongst collectors and a full set set is relatively easy to complete. There are no major varieties and even the silver proof of 1902 is readily available. Silver Threepence: Edward VII Alloy: Sterling Silver (92.5% silver) Weight: 1.41g Diameter: 16mm Edge: Plain Obverse: Bare head…

1893 GB & Ireland silver threepence - Victoria (Veiled Head). The Old Currency Exchange, Dublin.

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

Introduction: Queen Victoria’s predecessor, William IV, issued a short run of silver threepences (minted in London) for use in the British West Indies, where the British Administration was trying to increase its influence by introducing a strong currency based on ‘good silver’ in British denominations. Silver threepences continued to be minted for the West Indies…

180_ Kinsale (Corporation), Threepence (for the convenience of change). The Old Currency Exchange, Dublin, Ireland.

Irish Banknote Guide: 180(4) Kinsale Corporation (3d note)

Date: c.1804 Few people had silver or gold coins, and those who did, hoarded them and did not use them unless they really had to. Most of the smaller change in circulation was unofficial, illegal tokens. In short, there was a local currency crisis. The solution was small notes (an IOU) like the one below…