On this page, we will tell you all about the Decimal Irish Half Penny. you will learn how to identify the coin and find out which year is worth a staggering $2,000.
A little background about the Half Penny Coin, it was part of the Decimal 1969-2001 coin series of Ireland. Designed by Gabriel Hayes and produced in Ireland at the Currency Centre Dublin mint. In total 169,895,000 of these coins were minted.
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The global standard for identifying coins is the KM Code. This Half Penny coin is by referring to by the KM code KM# 19. The KM code is a unique reference number assigned to each coin.
Below are some other Identifying features, like which Mint the Half Penny coin was made at as well as some other factors.
Denomination: Half Penny KM Code: KM# 19 Coin Series: Decimal 1969-2001 Years Produced: 1971 – 1986 Known Mintage: 169,895,000 Distribution: Standard Circulation Mint: Currency Centre Dublin
Heads or Tails? it’s a simple question. Well in coin collecting terms 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.
The design of the Irish Half Penny coin was based on Celtic style illustrations of Birds from the Book of Kells. An ancient Irish manuscript created by unknown monks around the year 800. The Half Penny wasn’t alone in drawing inspiration from the Book of Kells. The Penny and Two Pence coin also had their design based on birds from the manuscript, below are both of these coins side-by-side.
Today the Book of Kells is in Trinity College Dublin and is open to public viewing. Around 1 million people a year go to witness the exhibition. If you want to learn more about the Book of Kells or book a visit to see it, you can do so on the Trinity College Website.
Themes: Birds, Harps, Musical Instruments, Seals (Emblems), Stylized Animals Designer: Gabriel Hayes Obverse Description: Irish harp Reverse Description: Stylized bird and value
The Mechanical features of a coin are things like the size and weight for example. Looking at the mechanical features of a coin is the easiest way how to tell if a coin is real or fake.
Weight: 1.7800g Diameter: 17.1mm Thickness: 1.00 mm Rim: Raised undecorated on both sides. Shape: Circular Edge: Plain
This purpose of this website is to educate and entertain, All values shown are a guideline only and should not be used for any means of financial 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 intended – for entertainment purposes. The information relating to coins is sourced from many places such as NGC, PCGS and The Irish Central Bank.