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George II (1727-1760) Irish halfpenny, 1742.
Found under bed of stone in East wing of the castle, this coin has a very worn surface with historic corrosion and wear visible on both sides. Detail lacks at design.
Obverse: laureate bust of King George II, left faced Reverse: crowned harp. Inscription: surface very worn at design, illegible. Obverse: GEORGIUS . II. REX, (King George II).
Reverse: HIBERNIA, (Ireland). Due to the shortage of small change, a new coinage of halfpence was struck at the Royal Mint in London for export to Ireland from 1736 until 1755. Also known as Young Head coinage, this issue was follwed by the Old Head coinage in 1760, still minted in London for Ireland. However, owing to the King's death, this issue arrived to Ireland in 1762.
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dia 27.1mm (dia 1 1/16")
1.8mm (1/16")
w 6.04g
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