Irish Coins & Tokens

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Irish / American (Colonial)

 

Halfpennies& Farthings

 

WU-6078:  1674 Irish / American “St Patrick’s” Copper Farthing.  Struck by Mark Newby in Dublin (Ireland), circa 1670-75 and bought to New Jersey soon after.  The coinage was made legal tender by the General Assembly of New Jersey in May 1682.  This coin has unusually good detail as well as the copper anti counterfeiting plug.  A rare coin.  See USA section

 

WU-6333:  1723 Irish American William Wood Copper Halfpenny.  Much better grade than normally seen.  £125

 

WI-5627:  1760 Irish “VOCE POPULI” Copper Halfpenny.  Type 9.  Ex Colin Cooke collection.  £290

 

WI-5628:  1760 Irish “VOCE POPULI” Copper Halfpenny.  Type 9, P below.  Ex Colin Cooke collection.  £325

 

WI-5629:  1760 Irish “VOCE POPULI” Copper Halfpenny.  Type 4.  Ex Colin Cooke collection.  £285

 

WI-5630:  1760 Irish “VOCE POPULI” Copper Halfpenny.  Type 5.  Ex Colin Cooke collection.  £295

 

 

 

 

Irish James II "Gun" Money

 

Full  CROWNS

 

WI-5434:  1690 Irish Gun Money Full Crown.  Struck over a large Gun Money half crown.  Higher grade example thus rare.  £229

 

WI-5436:  1690 Irish Gun Money Full Crown.  Struck over a large Gun Money half crown.  Nice grade example.  £199

 

 

 

Shillings

 

WI-5440:  1689 Irish Gun Money Shilling.  Struck February 1689.  £75

 

WI-5442:  1689 Irish Gun Money Shilling.  Struck August 1689.  £89

 

WI-5443:  1689 Irish Gun Money Shilling.  Struck August 1689.  £76

 

WI-5444:  1690 Irish Gun Money Shilling.  Struck March 1690.  £76

 

WI-5446:  1690 Irish Gun Money Shilling.  Small issue, struck June 1690.  £69

 

 

 

 

Irish "Confederate Catholics" Issue

 

WI-5485: 1642-44 Charles 1st Irish Confederate Catholics Issue Halfpenny.  Struck in Kilkenny by the Irish Catholics who remained loyal to Charles 1st.  It was a very crude issue (shape, die and strike) with very few examples surviving due to the nature of the metal.  A rare early Irish coin.  £385

 

 

 

Irish "Ormonde" Issue

 

WI-5776:  1643-44 Charles 1st Irish Ormonde Issue Sixpence.  An emergency issue struck utilising silver plates, along the lines of the Newark, Pontefract etc siege coins of England.  Usually an irregular, poorly struck issue and this one no exception!  Unusually square.  £295

 

WI-6197:  1643-44 Charles 1st Irish Ormonde Issue Groat.  An emergency issue struck utilising silver plates, along the lines of the Newark, Pontefract etc siege coins of England.  Usually an irregular, poorly struck issue.  The only Irish Charles 1st coin showing allegiance to the king.  £389

 

 

 

Irish James II " Siege  of Limerick" Money

 

WI-5604:  1691 Irish Limerick Besieged Farthing.  Single year issue.  Struck over a small Gun Money shilling whilst James was besieged at Limerick.  Unusually large.  This one high grade for issue with much host coin detail visible.  Rare in this grade.  £245

 

 

 

"Hammered" Coinage

 

Hiberno-Norse

 

WI-6381:  Irish Hammered Silver Hiberno-Norse Penny.  Spink 6140.  Circa 1065-95 so in period, this coin was struck during the Norman reigns of William I & II across in England.  Probably a late issue (so William II) in that the portrait is ridiculously crude.  Hiberno-Norse coins were the first to be struck in Ireland.  This price in the now old price guide is £1,450.  This coin is much better than the Spink plate coin.  £1,150

 

 

 

Prince John

 

WI-6068:  Irish Prince John Medieval Halfpenny.  Hammered silver, “DOMinus” coinage, group 1 (1198-1199), type iia.  Spink 6211.  WILLELMVS of Waterford.  It is interesting to note that there were no Irish pennies struck under Prince John.  Very nice coin from the rarer, early Irish period.  £235

 

 

 

King John

 

WI-5925:  Irish King John Medieval Penny.  Hammered silver, REX coinage (1207-11), ROBERD-ON-DIVE (Dublin).  Spink 6228.  Very nice coin.  £155

 

WI-5747:  Irish King John Hammered Silver Round HALF Penny.  ROBERD of Dublin.  Rare denomination, excellent detail.  £198

 

 

 

Henry III

 

WI-5929:  Irish Henry III Hammered Silver Voided Long Cross Penny.  Class 1b, RICARD of Dublin.  Spink 6236.  Choice.  £185

 

 

 

Edward I

 

WI-5519:  Irish Edward I Hammered Silver Penny.  Waterford mint, second coinage, trefoil of pellets.  Good grade.  £99

 

WI-5845:  Irish Edward 1st Hammered Silver FARTHING.  Second coinage, Dublin mint.  Rare denomination.  £85

 

 

 

Edward IV

Sun & Roses Issue

 

WI-5165:  Irish Edward IV Hammered Silver Penny.  Sun & Rose type, 1479 – 1483.  Type 1, Dublin mint.  £189

 

WI-5279:  Irish Edward IV Hammered Silver Penny.  Sun & Rose type, 1479 – 1483.  Strong portrait, some legend remaining.   Interesting die flaw on obverse.  Burns’ S-2 Dublin.  £195

 

WI-5280:  Irish Edward IV Hammered Silver Penny.  Sun & Rose type, 1479 – 1483.  Much legend remaining.   Burns’ S-3 Dublin.  £175

 

WI-5281:  Irish Edward IV Hammered Silver Penny.  Sun & Rose type, 1479 – 1483.  Much legend remaining.   Burns’ S-3 Dublin.  £185

 

 

 

Cross & Pellets “HEAVY” issue

 

WI-6304:  Irish Edward IV Hammered Silver Penny.  Standard cross & pellets issue but the rarer Heavy coinage of 1465-70.  Extra pellet in two of the reverse quarters.  DV on reverse signifies Dublin mint.  It is thought that these coins were not always heavily clipped, rather they were full size dies struck on very short flans.  This one less short than most.  Old, detailed ticket.  A very strong portrait being slightly better than the Spink plate coin.  £145

 

WI-5283:  Irish Edward IV Hammered Silver Penny.  Standard cross & pellets issue but the rarer Heavy coinage of 1465-70.  An unrecorded coin in Spink and more importantly, unrecorded in Burn’s due to the small pellet(s) at the neck.  It is a type 13 coin but an unrecorded variation of DU-11b.  It is thought that these coins were not always heavily clipped, rather they were full size dies struck on very short flans.  Strong bust, initial mark visible.  £145

 

WI-5866:  Irish Edward IV Hammered Silver Penny.  Rarer Heavy coinage of 1465-70.  No obverse marks.  Bust C, likely Dublin mint.  £54

 

 

 

Cross & Pellets “LIGHT” issue

 

WI-5284:  Irish Edward IV Hammered Silver Penny.  Dublin mint, 1470-78 issue.  Distinctive portrait style F, Dublin mint, Burns’ DU-6a (type 6).  £95

 

WI-5878:  Irish Edward IV Hammered Silver Penny.  Dublin mint, 1470-78 issue.  Portrait style E, Dublin mint, Burns’ DU-1.  £55

 

WI-5879:  Irish Edward IV Hammered Silver Penny.  Dublin mint, 1470-78 issue.  Pellets by neck, Dublin mint, Burns’ DU-5.  £55

 

WI-5920:  Irish Edward IV Hammered Silver Penny.  Light cross & pellets issue of 1470-78.  Burns’ DU-6, Dublin.  Spink 6365.  £69

 

WI-5967:  Irish Edward IV Hammered Silver Penny.  Light cross & pellets issue of 1470-78.  Burns’ DU-6, Dublin.  Spink 6365.  An interesting coin as there is a partial second bust and pellet to the left.  £89

 

WI-6387:  Irish Edward IV Hammered Silver Penny.  Light cross & pellets issue of 1470-78.  Burns’ T-9, Trim.  Spink 6381A.  0.46g, 12mm.  Ex Jim Sazama, ex York Coins, ex Jasper Burns (his plate coin).  Burns knew of only four examples of this coin.  Sold with three old tickets etc.  A very rare coin.  £395

 

WI-6409:  Irish Edward IV Hammered Silver Groat.  Light cross & pellets issue of 1470-78.  Limerick mint with L on breast and CIVI TAS LIMI RICI as reverse reading.  Cinquefoils by the neck, in two of the reverse quarters and preceding POSI.  The rarest of the two Limerick mint variations: Spink 6343.  Sold with a very old ticket and a more recent one – both with incorrect Spink references.  Pierced in antiquity but still a very rare coin indeed.  £425

 

WI-6410:  Irish Edward IV Hammered Silver Groat.  Light cross & pellets issue of 1470-78.  Waterford mint with no marks on or by the breast and CIVI TASW ATER FORD as reverse reading.  Saltires in two of the reverse quarters.  Interesting dual initial mark (pierced cross / rosette).  Spink 6351A.  High grade for issue being equally as good as the Spink plate coin.  £875

 

 

 

Henry VII

 

WI-5909:  Irish Henry VII Hammered Silver Groat.  Late portrait issue (Dublin) of 1496 – 1505.  This is the rarer class 1A (Spink 6455).  Sold with plenty of Spink tickets as well as an old auction entry.  £385

 

 

 

Henry VIII

 

WI-6394:  Irish Henry VIII Hammered Silver Groat.  1543. Third (3rd) Harp Issue, i.m. rose.  “HR” by harp.  Nice grade.  £195

 

WI-6369:  Irish Henry VIII Hammered Silver Groat.  1540.  First (1st) Harp Issue, DOMINVS,  HR” by harp.  Spink 6475.  The rarer earlier issue and sold with a very old collector’s ticket (Edward Watkins).  £249

 

 

 

Edward VI

 

WI-6395:  Irish Henry VIII Dublin Hammered Threepence.  Actually struck under Edward VI, 1547-50.  Type IV, Dublin mint.  Strong detail on this debased silver issue.  £145

 

WI-6030:  Irish Edward VI Hammered Silver Brass Shilling.  Spink 6494A.  This issue is now considered to be a contemporary counterfeit.  However it is recorded that this issue, termed the Bungal issue, circulated freely in Connacht at a value of one penny.  The brass copies usually imitated the 1552 Irish base issue, obverse initial mark harp; yet strangely a 1549 Southwark reverse was copied to produce this coin.  The Y initial mark lacks the vertical shaft making it look more like a V and tends to resemble only the lower portion of the harp, but this example is particularly clear as the Y or V has notched serifs on top and lacks the curved upper cross piece of the harp.  The gross mismatch between obverse and reverse certainly supports the idea of these being unauthorized issues.  It is easily the best grade example of the small handful that I’ve seen.  Coincraft states that they are rarely found in anything better than VG grade.  This coin far exceeds that.  It is interesting to note that the official Irish Edward  VI shilling, im Harp, is a truly awful looking issue as well as being incredibly rare.  The last example to go to auction that I’m aware of (1998) fetched £1,300 before commission costs.  If you are looking for a true Irish Edward VI shilling, you will not do much better than this.  £345

 

WI-6426:  Irish Edward VI, struck under Henry VIII, Dublin Hammered Sixpence.  Struck under Edward VI, 1547-50.  Type IV, Dublin mint.  Not far off being ‘as struck’.  Spink 6488.  £425

 

 

 

Philip & Mary

 

WI-5778:  1555 Philip & Mary Irish Facing Busts Shilling.  Debased hammered silver - nice grade for this usually poor issue.  £295

 

WI-5363:  1556 Philip & Mary Irish Facing Busts Groat.  Debased hammered silver - nice grade for this usually poor issue.  £295

 

 

 

Elizabeth 1st

 

WI-5344:  1561 Irish Elizabeth 1st Hammered Silver Shilling.  Fine issue coinage, single year issue.  Very good grade for issue.  A slightly better grade example recently sold in the June 2011 Spink auction (lot # 770) for £1,400 with fees on top.  This one cheap at £395

 

WI-5542:  1601 Irish Elizabeth 1st Hammered Copper Penny.  Initial mark Star and on a generous planchets.  Most of these coins come out of the ground (it is interesting to note that examples have been unearthed from the Jamestown site in America, along with later James 1st hammered silver coinage) and as a result the copper corrodes.  This is a very nice example with clear detail.  £135

 

WI-5575:  1602 Irish Elizabeth 1st Hammered Copper Penny.  Initial mark Martlet.  Most of these coins come out of the ground (it is interesting to note that examples have been unearthed from the Jamestown site in America, along with later James 1st hammered silver coinage) and as a result the copper corrodes.  The rarer date.  £165

 

 

 

James 1st

 

WI-5595:  Irish James 1st Hammered Silver 6d.  1604-7, initial mark rose so 1606 – 1607.  An extremely good grade example of a usually poorly struck obverse issue.  £245

 

 

 

Pre 1800 "Milled" Coinage

 

WI-5856:  1682 Irish Charles II Copper Halfpenny.  Armstrong & Legge’s Regal coinage.  Nice grade and when you consider this is Charles II and that they used relatively soft copper.  £79

 

WI-5950:  1686 Irish James II Copper Halfpenny.  Regular coinage issue (prior to the Civil War).  Nice grade for issue.  Spink 6576.  £75

 

WI-5991:  1696 Irish William III Copper Halfpenny.  1696 was the only year William III struck the halfpenny and the halfpenny was the ONLY denomination issued.  This coin is better than the Spink plate coin (S.6598) which tells you it is extremely good grade for issue.  £195

 

WI-5358:  1709 Queen Anne Irish Coin weight.  Gold and silver coinage from Europe and beyond freely circulated in Ireland as currency.  The coin weight was issued to check the authenticity of the English gold guinea.  £85

 

WI-4750:  Irish 1766 Copper Halfpenny.  Not a rare coin by any means but an interesting one none the less!  Deliberately (crudely) altered in antiquity to read 1760 and George II.  Why?!  £16

 

WI-6058:  1776 Irish George III Copper Halfpenny.  A high grade contemporary counterfeit.  Virtually as struck but more importantly, struck from high execution (HE) dies.  These things were normally made to look worn in order to pass unnoticed into circulation.  This coin certainly busks that trend.  Further, the metal composition utilised by the counterfeiters was not the best as can be seen particularly on the obverse.  Any metal the counterfeiters could get their hands on was used in the production of counterfeit coinage but the question here is; why go to the trouble of sinking suck quality dies only to use inferior metal in the final production?  Weight is a very healthy 8.69 grams and the diameter is 27.5mm. An interesting coin as well as a very nice grade coin from that all important year of American Independence – 1776.  See Contemporary Counterfeit (George III) section.

 

 

 

Post 1800 Coinage

1d’s

 

WI-5853:  Irish 1805 George III Large Copper Penny.  Soho coinage (Birmingham).  Much rarer than the halfpennies.  £35

 

 

1/2d’s

 

WI-5623:  1805 Irish Copper Halfpenny.  Ex Colin Cooke collection.  £85

 

 

1/4d’s

 

WI-5922:  1806 Irish Copper Farthing.  Toned.  £22

 

 

 

Irish Communion Tokens

 

WI-5590:  Mid 1800’s IRISH Church Communion Token.  Presbyterian Church of Ireland.  99.9% of all Communion Tokens are Scottish.  Burzinski 7552.  £48