5 Pence 1969-1990

5 Pence 1969-1990

The 5 Pence was fourth smallest denomination of the Decimal 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.

If you are looking for the Small Version 5 Pence Coin you can find it here.

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Identifying Features

The global standard for identifying coins is the KM Code. This 5 Pence coin is referred to by the KM code KM# 22. The KM code is a unique reference number assigned to each coin.
Below are some other Identifying features, like which Mint the 5 Pence coin was made at as well as some other factors.

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

Design Features

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.

Ireland Coins irish shillng examples

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

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Mechanical Features

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.

Weight: 5.6600g
Diameter: 23.6mm
Thickness: 1.70 mm
Rim: Raised. Gladiform. Both sides
Shape: Circular
Edge: Reeded


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 & VersionMintageAG3G4VG8F12VF20XF40AU50MS60MS63Proof
1971 Proof50,000----------
1986 Proof6,750----------


This purpose of this website is to education and entertain, All values shown are a guideline only and should not be used for any means of finacial investment or speculation, as with all things values may fluctuate depending on demand and scarcity, we strongly advise that all information on this website is used as it was inteeded – for entertianment purposes. The information relating to coins is sourced from many places such as NGC, PCGS and The Irish Central Bank.

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