at 400 dots / inch
This coin is a 1943 Irish halfcrown.
Like all Irish coins of this period it was struck in the English Royal Mint which was then in London.
The 1943 halfcrowns and florins were struck in normal circulating quantities but not issued. In the early 1950s the unissued coins were remitted back to the Royal Mint for melting, as the Central Bank of Ireland had decided to change the metal from the .750 silver standard to CuproNickel. A small number of both denominations escaped into circulation, the florin being by far the rarer of the two.
This coin is in choice uncirculated condition. It has only the minimum of bagmarks from the minting, bagging and transport that all modern circulation coins go through. What is not particularly obvious from the scan is that it has a soft sheen, known as mint lustre, across the entire surface of the coin and lightly iridescent toning.
These coins are rare in this condition. This is one of the finest known examples.
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