Irish Coinage

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Catalog of Irish Coin Prices

Milled Irish Coins 1660 - 1688

 

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Armstrong Farthings of Charles II 1660-1661
Halfpennies of Charles II 1680-1684
Halfpennies of James II 1685-1688
 
 


2004 - Copyright
John
_Stafford-Langan
Version 1.12b
5th November, 2004

   

Armstrong Farthings of Charles II 1660-1661

This coinage consisted of a small issue of farthings. The issue was prevented by the Governor of Ireland in 1661 so the coins are quite scarce.

Most pieces are 'coin struck' - i.e. the reverse is upside down compared to the obverse. However many pieces are 'medal struck' i.e. both sides are the same way up. As many records of sales do not include the die orientation of the piece it is difficult to establish a differentiation in pricing between the two types.

The medal struck pieces are scarcer.

A very scarce silver proof striking exists - These are 'coin struck' indicating the probable intention for the normal issues. The proof strikings are not often offered for sale and most examples are in institutional collections.

These coins are commonly found with light corrosion. This must be taken into account in valuing a piece - pieces with smooth copper surfaces, free of corrosion and free of pitting from old corrosion, are more desireable.

Pieces with corrosion need to be 'graded down' to allow for the reduction in value from the corrosion. The prices for VG below include the value of a piece with 'Fine detail' but light corrosion, and similarly the Fine price includes the value of a piece with 'Very Fine detail' but also with light corrosion.

 

Armstrong's Farthings

Prices in Euros


Armstrong Farthing c. 1660

YEAR   Very Good Fine Very Fine Ex. Fine Uncirculated Seaby_ Dowle
& Finn
Coincraft Krause &
Mishler

F A R T H I N G

- Coin striking 30.00 80.00 200.00 350.00 - 6566 338 IC2FA-005  
- Medal striking 35.00 90.00 225.00 400.00 - 6566 338 IC2FA-010  
- Proof striking
in Silver
    1,000.00 1,750.00 - P6566 338a IC2FA-015  
 

Copper Halfpennies of Charles II 1680 - 1684

This coinage consists of a small issue of halfpence.

There are varieties of both the obverse and reverse with large and small lettering. The change occurs between 1681 and 1682 and both types exist for each date. There are no mules of small/large dies, but there is a 1683 variety which has both sizes of letters mixed on the reverse - suggesting that the older large punches were used for the first few letters and then the correct small ones were used to complete the die.

There are a number of minor varieties and there are proof strikings of some dates in Silver and in Pewter.

These coins are relatively available in conditions up to Fine. Coins with no problems in strict Very Fine condition are scarce.

Coins in Extremely Fine condition or better with original lustre are rare and do not appear on the market very often.

As with all copper coins corrosion, or pitting of the surfaces from old corrosion, will tend to reduce the value and in general a lightly corroded piece should be valued below the value based on detail alone. Heavily corroded pieced are generally of little value.

 

C H A R L E S II 1680 - 1684

Prices in Irish Pounds


Charles II Halfpenny 1680 - Large Date

YEAR   Fine Very Fine Ex. Fine Uncirculated Seaby_ Dowle
& Finn
Coincraft Krause &
Mishler

H A L F P E N N Y
Type 1 - Large Lettering on both sides

1680 Large date
(illustrated)
30.00 100.00 300.00   - - -  
1680 Medium date 20.00 80.00 250.00          
1680 Small date
(see 1681 type)
15.00 65.00 200.00   6574 351 IC2HD-105  
1680 Proof in Pewter 300.00 500.00 800.00          
1680 Small I in circle
on shoulder
65.00 200.00 425.00          
1680 Small + after
CAROLVS and DEI
45.00 150.00 325.00   - 350 IC2HD-102  
1680 GARTIA error 45.00 150.00 350.00   - - IC2HD-110  
1680 Proof in Silver 300.00 500.00 800.00 1,500.00 P6574 352 IC2HD-115  



Charles II Halfpenny of 1681

Type 1 - Large Lettering on both sides

1681 (illustrated) 15.00 65.00 200.00   6574 353 IC2HD-120  

Charles II Halfpenny of 1682 - Large Lettering

Type I - Large lettering on both sides
1682 (illustrated) 20.00 80.00 250.00   6574 357 IC2HD-135  


H A L F P E N N Y

Type 2 - Small Lettering on both sides



Charles II halfpenny of 1683 - Small Lettering

Type 2 - Small Lettering on both sides

1681   50.00 180.00 400.00   6575 354 IC2HD-125  
1681 Proof in Silver 300.00 500.00 800.00 1,500.00 P6575 355 IC2HD-130  
1682   15.00 65.00 200.00   6575 356 IC2HD-140  
1683 (illustrated) 15.00 65.00 200.00   6575 358 IC2HD-145  
1683 MAG BR FRA
in larger letters
20.00 80.00 250.00   - - IC2HD-150  
1684   45.00 150.00 350.00   6575 359 IC2HD-155  


P A T T E R N S

- Legends as above
Obv : CR Monogram
Rev : Crowned harp
    750.00 1,000 - 360 -  

Copper Halfpennies of James II 1685 - 1688

This coinage consists of a small issue of halfpence. It is a continuation of the previous coinage of Charles II.

There are no significant varieties.

There is a proof striking of 1685 in Pewter.

The 1686 is the most common of the four dates - 1685 is almost as common. However 1688 is quite scarce and 1687 is rare. The difference in catalog values does not accurately represent the rarity of the 1688 and especially the 1687 coins.

J A M E S II 1685 - 1688

Prices in Irish Pounds


James II halfpenny of 1686 (J01134)

Single Type

YEAR   Fine Very Fine Ex. Fine Uncirculated Seaby_ Dowle
& Finn
Coincraft Krause &
Mishler

H A L F P E N N Y

1685   15.00 55.00 200.00 -        
1685 Proof in Pewter       350.00 750.00        
1686   12.00 45.00 160.00 -        
1687   60.00 150.00 400.00 -        
1688   25.00 70.00 260.00 -