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Ireland Penny Coin

1964-ireland-penny-coin1As earlier mentioned, in the process of collecting coins and paper money, we often see the history and culture of the country depicting in same. In this case, we have the Ireland penny coin which depicts the pride and rich culture of the Irish people.

  • It depicts an Irish Harp (the national symbol of Ireland),
  • Gaelic writing, and
  • a hen and her chicks (important symbols of Ireland’s agricultural economy).


More details of this one penny Ireland coin:

  1. From 1928 to 1937, the coin weighed 9.45 g., bronze with 30.9mm thickness
  2. On the obverse, we have the legend SAORSTAT EIREANN= Irish Free State. On the reverse, the symbol of a hen wih chicks(Gallus gallus domesticus)
  3. The designer is Percy Metcalfe
  4. All non proof coins dated 1928,1931,1933,1935 and 1937 and proof coins which are more valuable dated 1928, 1931,1933(rare) and 1935(rare)

Next from the year 1940 to 1968:

  1. On the obverse we have the legend EIRE= Ireland instead of Irish Free State and others remained the same as above.
  2. The lowest mintage is the 1940 non proof coin which is 312,000 units
  3. Proof coin which are rare dated 1940,1941,1942,1946,1948 and 1952
  4. 1968 (highest mintage of 21 million) where the one penny coin ceased to be produced


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