½ Penny

½ Penny -  obverse½ Penny -  reverse

© Joseph Kunnappally

Features

Issuer Ireland
Period Republic (1937-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1971-1986
Value 1/2 Penny (0.005 IEP)
Currency Pound (decimalized, 1971-2001)
Composition Bronze
Weight 1.78 g
Diameter 17.14 mm
Thickness 1.15 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 3284
Numista type number (https://numista.com)
References KM# 19,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.
Sp# 6710
Emma Howard (editor); 2021. Coins of England & the United Kingdom : Pre-Decimal Issues (56th edition). Spink & Son, London, United Kingdom.
And 1 more volumes.

Obverse

Irish harp with the country name to the left and the date to the right

Lettering: éIRe 1971

Translation: Ireland 1971

Reverse

Decorative initial "O" resembling a bird, out of the "Book of Kells" and the denomination below

Lettering: 1/2 P

Translation: 1/2 Penny

Designer: Gabriel Hayes

Gabriel Hayes (1909–1978) was an Irish sculptor born in Dublin, Ireland. Her best known works are the halfpenny, penny, and two pence coins she designed for the Irish decimal currency introduced in 1971. She submitted ideas at her own initiative when no design competition was held. She is also responsible for the other aspects of the decimal currency such as lettering and decoration. Hayes was also an accomplished painter.

Edge

Smooth

Mints

Irish Mint, Dublin, Ireland
Royal Mint, Llantrisant, United Kingdom

Comments

The coins dated 1971 to 1975 were struck at the Royal Mint, Llantrisant (Wales).

The coins dated 1976 to 1986 were struck at the Irish Mint, Dublin (Ireland).

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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1971  100 500 000 $ 0.08 $ 0.11 $ 0.14 $ 0.24 $ 0.28 $ 0.52 $ 0.67 78%
1971  50 000 $ 2.01 1.2% Proof
1975  10 500 000 $ 0.11 $ 0.27 $ 0.28 $ 0.51 14%
1976  5 464 000 7%
1978  20 302 000 $ 0.32 $ 0.57 $ 1.13 17%
1980  20 615 000 $ 0.11 $ 0.34 $ 0.28 $ 0.05 $ 0.40 19%
1982  9 660 000 $ 0.55 $ 0.57 $ 0.57 $ 1.30 11%
1985  2 784 000 0.4%
1986  12 250 0.5% presumably melted
1986  6 750 0.17% Proof

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