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½ Penny

½ Penny -  obverse ½ Penny -  reverse

© Joseph Kunnappally

Features

Country Ireland
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
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized Yes
References KM# 19,
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Sp# 6710
Coins of England & the United Kingdom
by Philip Skingley
(Spink)

Obverse

Irish harp

Lettering: éIRe 1971

Translation: Ireland

Reverse

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

Lettering: 1/2 P

Engraver: 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

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1971  100,500,000 0.19 0.10 0.24 0.28 0.27 0.53
1971  50,000 Proof
1975  10,500,000 0.26 0.30
1976  5,464,000
1978  20,302,000 0.21 0.82
1980  20,615,000 0.46 0.25 0.19
1982  9,660,000 0.59
1985  2,784,000
1986  12,250 presumably re-melted
1986  6,750 Proof

Values in the table above are expressed in USD. They are based on evaluations by Numista users and sales realized on Internet platforms. They serve as a measure, but they are not intended to be relied upon for buying, selling or exchanging coins. Numista does not buy or sell coins.

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