Farthing 1939-1966

Farthing 1939-1966

On this page, we will tell you all about the Irish Farthing minted between the years 1939-1966.

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

A little background about the Farthing Coin, The Farthing was part of the Pre Decimal 1939-1969 coin series of Ireland. Designed by Percy Metcalfe. Produced between the years 1939-1966 at the Royal Mint, Tower Hill Site, London mint. In total 3,570,000 of these coins were minted.

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Identifying Features

The standard globally for identifying coins is the KM Code. This Irish Farthing coin is by referred to by the KM code KM# 9. The KM code is a unique reference number assigned to each coin.
Below are some other Identifying features, like which Mint the Irish Farthing coin was made at as well as some other factors.

Denomination: Farthing
KM Code: KM# 9
Coin Series: Pre Decimal 1939-1969
Years Produced: 1939 – 1966
Known Mintage: 3,570,000
Composition: Bronze
Distribution: Standard Circulation
Mint: Royal Mint, Tower Hill Site, London, Great Brittain (1809-1967)

Design Features

The design of the Irish Farthing coin featured a Woodcock bird in flight. This bird was featured in the coin series as at the time of the original design the bird was largely hunted as a food source in Ireland.

Other coins that featured this design were the Irish Free State Farthing Coin, which was the original Irish Farthing. The decimal 50 Pence coin also used this same design. 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: Animals (Fauna), Birds, Harps, Musical Instruments, Seals (Emblems)
Designer: Percy Metcalfe
Obverse Description: Irish harp
Reverse Description: Woodcock below value

50 PENCE 1970-2000
FARTHING 1928-1937

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: 2.8300g
Diameter: 20.3mm
Thickness: 1.30 mm
Rim: Raised. Gladiform. Both sides
Shape: Circular
Edge: Plain

Irish Farthing Coin Values

Below the Irish Farthing 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----------
1953 Proof----------
1959 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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