Halfpenny 1939-1967

Halfpenny 1939-1967

On this page, we will tell you all about the Irish Halfpenny minted between the years 1939-1967.

If this is not what you are looking for, you may be interested in the Irish Free State Halfpenny Coin 1928-1937.

A little background about the Irish Halfpenny Coin, The Irish Halfpenny was part of the Pre Decimal 1939-1969 coin series of Ireland. Designed by Percy Metcalfe. Produced between the years 1939-1967 at the Royal Mint, Tower Hill Site, London mint. In total 24,864,000 of these coins were minted.

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Identifying Features

The standard globally for identifying coins is the KM Code. This Irish Halfpenny coin is by referred to by the KM code KM# 10. The KM code is a unique reference number assigned to each coin.
Below are some other Identifying features, like which Mint the Irish Halfpenny coin was made at as well as some other factors.

Denomination: Halfpenny
KM Code: KM# 10
Coin Series: Pre Decimal 1939-1969
Years Produced: 1939 – 1967
Known Mintage: 24,864,000
Composition: Bronze
Distribution: Standard Circulation
Mint: Royal Mint, Tower Hill Site, London, Great Brittain (1809-1967)

Design Features

The design of the Irish Halfpenny coin featured a Sow and Piglets. This was chosen given the large importance Animals had on farming and rural life in Ireland at the time.

Another coin that featured this designed was the Irish Free State Halfpenny Coin, which was the original Irish Halfpenny. This design was one of four coin designs that were not used in the Decimal Coin series, the others were the Penny, Threepence and Sixpence. This design was adapted from the original designs by Publio Morbiducci which were chosen for the coinage of the Irish free state in 1927.

Themes: Harps, Infant Animals, Mammals, Musical Instruments, Seals (Emblems)
Designer: Percy Metcalfe
Obverse Description: Irish harp
Reverse Description: Sow with piglets below value

Irish Free State Halfpenny Coin
HALFPENNY 1971-1986


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. 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: 5.6700g
Diameter: 25.5mm
Thickness: 1.60 mm
Rim: Raised. Gladiform. Both sides
Shape: Circular
Edge: Plain

Irish Halfpenny Value

Below the Irish Halfpenny coin values are shown on a grading scale, the higher on the scale the better condition the coin is in which makes it more valuable.

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Year & VersionMintageAG3G4VG8F12VF20XF40AU50MS60MS63Proof
1939 Proof----------
1940 Proof; Rare----------
1941 Proof; Rare----------
1946 Proof; Rare----------
1949 Proof; Rare----------
1953 Proof----------
1964 Proof; Rare----------
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.

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