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2 Pence

2 Pence -  obverse 2 Pence -  reverse

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Features

Country Ireland
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1971-1988
Value 2 Pence (0.02 IEP)
Metal Bronze
Weight 7.1 g
Diameter 25.9 mm
Thickness 1.8 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 02-09-2002
References KM# 21, Sp# 6708, Schön# 20
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Coins of England & the United Kingdom
by Philip Skingley
(Spink)
Weltmünzkatalog
by Gerhard Schön, Günter Schön
(Battenberg Gietl Verlag)

Obverse

Irish harp

Lettering: éire 1985

Reverse

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

Lettering: 2P

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  75,500,000 0.26 0.25 0.22 0.25
1971  50,000 Proof
1975  20,010,000 0.19 0.12 0.20
1976  5,414,000 0.11
1978  12,000,000 0.11
1979  32,373,000 0.19 0.26 0.28 0.31
1980  59,828,000 0.19 0.28 0.34
1982  30,435,000 0.11 0.37
1985  14,469,000 0.17
1986  23,865,000 0.22 0.11
1986  6,750 Proof
1988  35,868,000 0.17 0.62

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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