Penny 1940-1968

Penny 1940-1968

On this page, we will tell you all about the Irish penny coin minted between the years 1940-1968.

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

A little background about the Irish penny Coin, The Irish penny coin 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 101,712,000 of these coins were minted.

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Identifying Features

The standard globally for identifying coins is the KM Code. This Irish Penny coin is by referred to by the KM code KM# 11. The KM code is a unique reference number assigned to each coin.
Below are some other Identifying features, like which Mint the Irish Penny coin was made at as well as some other factors.

Denomination: Penny
KM Code: KM# 11
Coin Series: Pre Decimal 1939-1969
Years Produced: 1940 – 1968
Known Mintage: 101,712,000
Distribution: Standard Circulation
Mint: Royal Mint, Tower Hill Site, London, Great Brittain (1809-1967)

Design Features

The design of the Irish penny coin featured a Hen and Chicks. 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 penny Coin which was the original Irish penny coin. This design was one of four coin designs that were not used in the Decimal Coin series, the others were the Halfpenny, 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: Animals (Fauna), Birds, Musical Instruments
Designer: Percy Metcalfe
Obverse Description: Irish harp
Reverse Description: Hen with chicks

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: 9.4500g
Diameter: 30.9mm
Thickness: 1.80 mm
Rim: Raised. Gladiform. Both sides
Shape: Circular
Edge: Plain

Irish Penny Coin Values

Below the Irish penny 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. This coin is also featured on our Top 20 Valuable Irish Coins Article which you may be interested in.

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Year & VersionMintageAG3G4VG8F12VF20XF40AU50MS60MS63Proof
1940 Proof; Rare----------
1941 Proof; Rare----------
1942 Proof; Rare----------
1946 Proof; Rare----------
1948 Proof; Rare----------
1949 Proof----------
1950 Proof----------
1952 Proof; Rare----------
1962 Proof----------
1963 Proof----------
1964 Proof; Rare----------
1968 Proof----------
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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