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1966 Halfpenny/Leat Pingin Irish | Irish Halfpenny/Leat Pingin 1966


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1966 Halfpenny/Leat Pingin Irish | Irish Halfpenny/Leat Pingin 1966

The halfpenny (½d) ( Irish: Leat Phingin) coin was the second smallest denomination of the pre-decimal Irish pound,

 From 1938 to 1969 the inscription changed to Eire on the left of the harp and the date on the right. 

The obverse featured the Irish Sow. From 1928 to 1937 the date was split either side of the harp with the name Saorstat Eireann circling around. From 1938 to 1969 the inscription changed to Eire on the left of the harp and the date on the right. 

The coin measured 1.005 inches 25.5 mm in diameter and weighed 5.66 Grans The Bronze coin was made up of 95.5%  Copper, 3%  Tin  and 1.5% Zinc.

This was identical to the British halfpenny as both countries' pounds were pegged until 1979.

The reverse design was by Percy Metcalfe, an English artist. The artist was given the choice of a  Boar, a  Sow  or a Ram , and the Sow was chosen.  

Irish coins have always enjoyed a very strong international interest amongst collectors.

Bearing in mind the low mintages generally, these coins 





1966 Halfpenny/Leat Pingin Irish | Irish Halfpenny/Leat Pingin 1966 Halfpenny  
     
Coin Type: Halfpenny Country: Irish
Alloy: Bronze Year: 1966
Diameter: 25.5 mm Weight: 5.66 g
Mint: London Mint Number Minted: 1,680,000


 
 
 
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