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George III (1760-1820) Irish halfpenny, 1805.
This coin offers an example of Irish coinage issued at the Soho Mint in Birmingham during the reign of King George III.
The obverse bears the robed and laureate bust of the king with long hair. A crowned harp is at design on the reverse.
The inscription reads ' GEORGIUS III D: G. REX’, on the obverse. This translates as: 'George III by the grace of God King'. The legend quotes 'HIBERNIA' on the reverse, which means, 'Ireland'.
In 1805 the Soho Mint struck large quantities of heavy weight copper pennies, halfpennies and farthings, and today these are perhaps the commonest of the older Irish coins still surviving. The precision striking and the engrailed edges made them difficult to counterfeit. They were the last official copper issue until 1822, but further tokens made their appearance in order to satisfy the public demand.
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dia 27.7mm (dia 1 1/16")
2mm (1/16")
w 8.25g
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