The 5 Pence was the fourth-smallest denomination of the Irish Decimal Coins 1969-2001 coin series of Ireland. There were two versions of 5 Pence coin, the first (this one) is often referred to as the “Large” version and the other, as you would expect, is referred to as the “Small Version”.
This 5 Pence coin was produced between the years 1969 -1990 at the Currency Centre Dublin mint. In total 162,849,750 of these coins were minted. The video shown gives an overview of each of the Irish Decimal Coins.
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Denomination: 5 Pence
KM Code: KM# 22
Coin Series: Decimal 1969-2001
Years Produced: 1969 – 1990
Known Mintage: 162,849,750
Distribution: Standard Circulation
Mint: Currency Centre Dublin
The design was originally created by Percy Metcalfe and was used for the Shilling Coin in both the Irish Free State Coin Series and the Shilling Coin in the Pre Decimal Coin Series. See below an example of each of these types of Irish Shilling Coins.
Heads or Tails? it’s a simple question, right? Well in coin collecting teems the “heads” of the coin is the Obverse and the “Tails” is the Reverse. So why is this important? What you might call the “heads” side of the coin is incorrect. The side with the Harp is the Obverse (front) of the coin – I know crazy! In a lot of coins from around the world this seems to happen. It’s quite common in Irish Coins also.
Themes: Cattle, Mammals, Musical Instruments
Designer: Percy Metcalfe
Obverse Description: Irish harp
Reverse Description: Bull right
The Mechanical features of a coin are things like the size, weight, thickness and diameter for example. Looking at the mechanical features of a coin is the easiest way to tell if a coin is real or fake. Quite often a fake will not match the mechanical features of the original coin when faked, and checking these features should be the first thing you do if you have your suspicions about a coin, coins are produced very precisely to match the predetermined mechanical features.
Thickness: 1.70 mm
Rim: Raised. Gladiform. Both sides
5 Pence Value Table
Below the 5 Pence values are shown on a grading scale, the higher on the scale the better condition the coin is in and therefore the more valuable. Check out our Awesome Guide to Coin Grading In 3 Simple Steps article to learn more about coin grading,
|Year & Version||Mintage||AG3||G4||VG8||F12||VF20||XF40||AU50||MS60||MS63||Proof||1969||5,000,000||–||–||–||–||$0.10||$0.20||–||$0.80||$1.00||–||1970||10,000,000||–||–||–||–||–||$0.10||–||$0.80||$1.00||–||1971||8,000,000||–||–||–||–||–||$0.10||–||$0.80||$1.00||–||1971 Proof||50,000||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||1974||7,000,000||–||–||–||–||–||$0.10||–||$0.80||$1.00||–||1975||10,000,000||–||–||–||–||–||$0.10||–||$0.80||$1.00||–||1976||20,616,000||–||–||–||–||–||$0.10||–||$0.80||$1.00||–||1978||28,536,000||–||–||–||–||–||$0.10||–||$0.80||$1.00||–||1980||22,190,000||–||–||–||–||–||$0.10||–||$0.80||$1.00||–||1982||24,404,000||–||–||–||–||–||$0.10||–||$0.80||$1.00||–||1985||4,202,000||–||–||–||–||–||$0.10||–||$0.80||$1.00||–||1986||15,298,000||–||–||–||–||$0.10||$0.20||–||$0.80||$1.00||–||1986 Proof||6,750||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||1990||7,547,000||–||–||–||–||–||$0.10||–||$0.80||$1.00||–|