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Coins From 1928 - 1969
  • The  Coins Structure                                                                                                                                       - There were 8 denominations issued in 1928
  • The Harp side of the coins is the Obverse
  • The Animal side of the coins is the Reverse

  Metals -

   The Farthing, Halfpenny, and Penny were minted using Bronze.

 

  The Threepence and Sixpence were minted using Nickel. This changed, and from 1942 onwards,    they were    minted using Cupro-Nickel (Cupro Nickel ), which consisted of 75% Copper, and 25%    Nickel.

 

 The Shilling, Florin, and Half Crown were first minted using 75% Silver. These coins had a higher silver content   than the British Silver Coins, which had 50% Silver. These Metals were changed, following the Coinage Act of   1950, and were struck in Cupro Nickel  from the next mintage date, 1951, onwards.

  • Denominations                                                                                                                                                   -Farthing - 1/4 penny - Animal used was the Woodcock in Flight - Worth 1/960 of an Irish pound at the time - Diameter of 0.795 Inches - Weighs 2.83405 grams

 

   Halfpenny - 1/2d - Animal used was the Sow and Piglets - Worth  1/480 of an Irish pound at the time -     Diameter of     1.005 inches - Weighs 5.66990 grams

 

   Penny - 1d - Animal used was the Hen + Chicks - Worth 1/240 of an Irish pound at the time - Diameter of     1.215      inches - Weighs 9.44984 grams

 

   Threepence - 3d - Animal used was the Hare - Worth 1/80 of an Irish pound at the time - Diameter of 0.695      inches -     Weighs 3.23995 grams

 

   Sixpence - 6d - Animal used was the Irish Wolfhound - Worth 1/40 of an Irish pound at the time -      Diameter of      0.825 inches - Weighs 4.53593 grams

 

   Shilling - 1s - Animal used was the Bull - Worth 1/20 of an Irish pound at the time - Diameter of      0.935 inches -     Weighs 5.655 grams

 

   Florin - 2s - Animal used was the Salmon - Worth 1/10 of an Irish pound at the time - Diameter of 1.125      inches -    Weighs 11.3 grams

 

   Half crown - 2s 6d - Animal used was the Horse - Worth 1/8 of an Irish pound at the time - Diameter of      1.275 inches -     Weighs 14.1 grams

 

  •     In the mid - 1960’s, Ireland decided to follow the International trend by adopting a Decimal Currency.     This     was offically introduced on "Decimal Day" - the 15th  February 1971.

 

 

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