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½ Penny

½ Penny -  obverse½ Penny -  reverse

© Joseph Kunnappally

Features

Country Ireland
Period Republic (1949-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
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized Yes
References KM# 19,
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248979.
  • Michael, Thomas & Tracy L. Schmidt; 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248573.
  • Michael, Thomas (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247064.
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900 (9th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248955.
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000 (47th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248962.
Sp# 6710
  • Emma Howard (editor); 2020. Coins of England & the United Kingdom: Pre-Decimal Issues (55th edition). Spink & Son, London, United Kingdom. ISBN 9781912667536.
  • Geoff Kitchen (editor); 2020. Coins of England & the United Kingdom: Decimal Issues (6th edition). Spink & Son, London, United Kingdom. ISBN 9781912667215.

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

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

Mint

Irish Mint, Dublin, Ireland

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1971  100,500,000 0.13 0.13 0.32 0.32 0.52 0.71 79%
1971  50,000 0.70 1.2% Proof
1975  10,500,000 0.27 0.31 0.31 14%
1976  5,464,000 0.98 7%
1978  20,302,000 0.32 0.78 17%
1980  20,615,000 0.23 0.35 0.34 0.31 0.31 19%
1982  9,660,000 0.40 0.63 0.79 11%
1985  2,784,000 0.4%
1986  12,250 0.4% presumably melted
1986  6,750 0.2% Proof

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