Irish Coinage

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Irish Coinage

Information about Irish coins for numismatists, collectors, archaeologists and others who have an interest in the currency in use in Ireland from earliest times to the present day.

Last Update -1st February, 2003

There is a list of recent additions, with links, at the bottom of the page (Click here to jump down)

By John Stafford-Langan

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(Don't bother searching for coins that are not Irish here - The only times that they occur on these pages is when I am drawing a comparison between an Irish coin and a foreign one)




Early Coins
pre 995 AD
Hammered Coins
AD 995-1646
Milled Coins
AD 1660-1823
Modern Coins
1928 - 2002

Catalogue of Irish coin Prices
Irish Coinage - Grading Guide
Publications on Irish Coins
News Index

Bank Notes:

Modern Notes

2002 - Copyright
Version 1.11
1st February, 2003



Obverse of a 1937 'Free State' halfpenny

These links are to a series of overviews of the coinage of Ireland. They offer further links for 'drill down' detail and they also offer cross links to the catalogue and the high resolution image pages.

Early Irish Use of Coinage (before 995 A.D.)

Irish Hammered Coinage (995 to 1660)

Irish Milled Coinage (1660 to 1823)

Irish Modern Coinage (1928 to date)

Reference links:

Publications on Irish Currency

Catalogue of Irish Coin Prices

Maintenance links :

High Resolution Irish Coin Picture Index (this page has a lot of images - it will take a very long time to load if you are on a slow link - such as dial up)

Irish Coinage - Web Site Structure Page (this page is primarily to enable me to get to any page from a single point - it may be useful if you know the site quite well)


1964 10 shilling note

Irish Banknotes before 1928

Bank Notes of the Currency Commission and Central Bank (1928 to date)

Banknotes of Northern Ireland (1929 to date) - under construction

If you spot any errors - or want more information on a particular area - or have any general comments on this site please send me an e-mail so I can act on it. This link is for that purpose:


This site first appeared on the World Wide Web on 16/Aug/1994 making it one of the oldest coin sites on the Web. I was leading a UNIX support team at the time and was interested in learning HTML soon after it was first developed. I had also just taken the first scans of my coin collection which gave me material for my first HTML trials.

Since then the site has grown considerably with currently over 100 separate pages some of which are very extensive and over 200 images between the in-line images and the high resolution series. In total the site takes about 400 pages of paper to print it out (I haven't tried it all together!) making it a larger reference source of material on Irish coinage than many printed reference books.

So far it is about 20% complete - and several of the completed parts (the catalogues) require regular updating. I estimate the effort involved is about 2,000 hours. The current work rate averages out at about 6 hours per week. And I wonder why I never have time to complete my book on Edward IV :-).

I believe that it is a worthwhile effort - (confirmations or contradictions will be treated with equal respect).

The Euro has arrived ....

Since January 1st, 2002, the Euro coins and notes have begun circulating in Ireland.

click for Irish Euro Images

I have begun updating the catalogue prices of all Irish coins to reflect the Euro as our standard currency - The introduction of the Euro has increased interest in the Irish coinage and the prices of the decimal coins have begin to rise recently.

Updated : Catalogue of Irish Decimal Coin Prices 1969-2000

I have added a general coin condition grading guide and an initial page with photos of the same coin in various different grades:

Comments please :

Irish Coinage - Grading Guide

Irish Coinage - Grading - Modern Halfcrown Type 2

Most recent updates


1st February :
Tidied up e-mail addresses - now using johnsl @


14th September :
Added High Res Image :
Proof Threepence - 1939
Added High Res Image :
Proof Threepence - 1950
Added High Res Image :
Proof Threepence - 1946
Added High Res Image :
Morbiducci Pattern Threepence in Copper
Added High Res Image :
Proof Sixpence - 1950
Added High Res Image :
Inchiquin - Dublin Money - Crown
Added High Res Image :
Elizabeth I - Third Issue Shilling - mm trefoil
Added High Res Image :
1943 Florin - UNC Specimen 2

7 September :
Added High Res Image :
Proof Penny - 1963
Added High Res Image :
Proof Penny - 1968

1 Sepember :
Further tidy up and spell check.
Added High Res Image :
Wood's Halfpenny Type II - 1724 (continuous rev legend)
Added High Res Image :
George II Halfpenny - 1741

15 August :
General tidy up and spell check - new version 1.10
Added a
Glossary of Numismatic Terms (currently very sparse)

26 February :
Added High Res Image :
1943 Halfcrown (a lovely example)
Added page :
Identifying a 1961 Mule Halfcrown

3 February :
Added High Res Image :
Armstrong Farthing circa 1660
Added High Res Image :
St Patrick's Farthing (nice example)
Updated :
Catalogue of Irish Milled Coin Prices 1660-1688 - to include Armstrong farthings
Updated :
Irish Milled Coinage (1680 - 1823)
Modified :
Irish Coinage - Structure Page - added new pages

30 January :
Catalogue of Irish Decimal Coin Prices 1969-2000
Changed prices on
Irish Decimal Coins for Sale to reflect costs of replacement stock
Changed prices on
Irish Euro Coins for Sale to reflect costs of replacement stock
modified Terms and Conditions in
How to Buy

12 January :
Turned off the shopping cart because the shipping costs were wrong.

7 January :
Modified the Terms and Conditions :
How to Buy
Added a
Site History Page
and further updated :
Irish Coinage of Edward IV Part I (1460 to 1470)

5 January :
Added :
Edward IV Titled Crown Groat, 1463 - Waterford
and updated :
Irish Coinage of Edward IV Part I (1460 to 1470)

4 January :
Added Official Irish Euro Set to
Irish Euro Coins for Sale

3 January :
Added Paypal Shopping cart to some items for sale:
How to Buy

2 January :
Updated :
Catalogue of Irish Decimal Coin Prices 1969-2000
(added decimal coin sets)
Added :
List of Irish Coins for Sale

1 January :
Added :
Irish Euro Images

This list continues in the Site History Page