Irish Penny

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Irish Penny is a pre-decimal bronze coin, 1d, that features a large size; it had the value of 1/240th of a pound and was minted from 1928 until 1968.

This genuine Irish Penny is received with a history card that features the following information:
A Lucky Irish Penny Found, Happiness and Fortune will Abound!
This old maxim memorializes the enchantment of the obsolete, large One Penny coin. This bronze talisman, although awkwardly big for its denomination, was minted sporadically in Ireland from 1928 until 1968, at which time it was demonetized, in favor of a decimal money system. The penny's successor (the 1P) was prominently downsized to about the dimension of the discontinued farthing. The 1928 One Penny represented the first of Ireland's modern-day coinage, as the last official Irish penny was minted in 1823. The coin's pronounced size and Gaelic features lend themselves to its charm, affording its owner the good luck to secure some of life's best gifts.
4 farthings = 1 penny
12 pence = 1 shilling
20 shillings = 1 pound

The Irish penny was huge in relation to its value. The bronze coin was made of 95.5% copper, 3% tin and 1.5% zinc; it measures almost 1 1/4" diameter, about the size of a US half dollar. This pre-decimal Irish penny was abbreviated as 1d which is present on the reverse side along with a hen and five chicks and the Irish word for penny. The front of the coin features an Irish harp along with the Irish word for Ireland, Erie, along with the year the Irish penny was minted.

The 1d Irish penny was minted from 1928 until 1968; it is gift package with an information card, complements of The Irish Gift House.

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