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01 Aug 2022

1943 Irish Halfcrown

| Kevin Leab

The 1943 Ireland Halfcrown is the key date for the Halfcrown series. There were initially 1000 of these coins struck in London but only 500 are known to exist. What happened to the rest....the other 500? Possibly lost or sent back to the mint to be melted. These were minted to be regularly circulating coins... nothing different than any other coins, just a lot less of them made. The finest known example (pictured) sold for over $1600 a few years ago. I am currently in the process working with a dealer in Dublin to find me one since I'm working on this series. Are there any other collectors of Irish coins in the group? How difficult did you find putting a set of Halfcrowns together?Sorry for the short blog.... I'm working on a better one on a different coin.

Comments

Kepi

Level 6

I don't collect this series but it's a beautiful coin! Good luck with your collection! ; )

Kevin Leab

Level 4

Thank you Kepi!

Longstrider

Level 6

Interesting blog. It's not the length that makes it fun to read.

Kevin Leab

Level 4

Thank you Longstrider!

Long Beard

Level 5

Excellent topic! A denominational set I'm rapidly completing in raw and slowly assembling in the top two grades. The 1943, I found one for sale graded NGC AU55 for $7500 but I think I'll hold out in hopes of one of the two MS63's for a little more. MS 65 is the top pop. I'm that determined on completely a top rated set from the farthing to half-crown. In the half-crowns, good luck in finding a 1967 with full harp strings! If you do it should exceed the value of the 1943. I have my NGC coins under my collections page if you'd like to see where I'm at so far.

Kevin Leab

Level 4

Thanks Long Beard! I can only afford to collect circulated grades but I like to keep those consistent because it makes a better looking set. This dealer from Dublin emailed me photos of four different ones ( various grades) so I went with the middle of the road. They ranged from $400 to over $700. I didn't like the higher grade ones he had because they had rim nicks. I'm going to check out that 1967!!

AC coin$

Level 6

The rarer they become the higher the bid. Wonderful subject about this specific half crown. Thanks.

Kevin Leab

Level 4

Thank you AC!

Mike

Level 7

Hi my friend a great coin to collect. I have to check mine. I don't think I have one but I will check. I'm doing inventory haven't got to my Irish coins. Don't give up. There great coins to collect. I hope you get them all! Thanks for the information and your research. Mike.

Kevin Leab

Level 4

Hi Mike!! I'm going to give it my best shot to get them all.... I'll probably have the collection complete before I find the Dansco album to put them in. I love working on this Irish series

I. R. Bama

Level 5

I have a few but don't actively seek them out.

Kevin Leab

Level 4

I never had an interest in foreign coins until about a year ago. I'm finding that some of the coins in this series can be quite challenging to find.

Kevin Leab

Level 4

Hi...it sounds like you have a first year of issue 3 pence. I have completed that series and I'm now working on Florins and Half Pennies. It's a fun set to put together.

user_39492

Level 4

Hi Kevin, don't know much about coins from Ireland, but my grandfather left me a few and I found something like that, but it has a rabbit on it with the date 1928. Don't know how to send you a pic of it, but maybe after I learn more about it I will do a blog, I like earlier dated coins from all over.

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