Coins & Dates Available: Irish Decimal Coin Cufflinks 1971-2000

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Wear or give as a very special gift a set of cufflinks with genuine vintage Irish coins inset.

Irish Decimal Coins

On 15 February 1971, known as Decimal Day, Ireland and the UK simultaneously decimalised their currencies. When the old pounds, shillings, and pence system was in operation, Ireland operated within the Sterling Area, effectively a single monetary area.

The Irish pound had come into existence as a separate currency in 1927, but the terms of the Irish Currency Act obliged the Irish currency commissioners to redeem Irish pounds on a fixed 1:1 basis, and so day-to-day banking operations continued exactly as they had been before the creation of the Irish Pound (Punt Éireannach).

  • This state of affairs continued until 1979 when Irish obligations to the European Monetary System forced them to break the historic link with Sterling

In Ireland, all pre-decimal coins, except the shillings (1/-), florins (2/-) and ten shilling (10/-) coins, were called in during the initial process between 1969 to 1972.

  • The 1/- and 2/- were recalled in 1993 and 1994, respectively
  • This was because new, smaller 5p and 10p coins were issued
  • Our 5p and 10p coin cufflinks only contain these ‘smaller’ coins
Coin Cufflinks - Ireland (Decimal)
Coin images are for illustrative purposes only, i.e. they are not to scale. The large format 5p and 10p coins issued prior to 1992 are too large for cufflinks and are, therefore, not listed in the table above.

The euro came into existence on 1 January 1999, although it had been a goal of the European Union (EU) and its predecessors since the 1960s.

  • After tough negotiations, the Maastricht Treaty entered into force in 1993 with the goal of creating an economic and monetary union by 1999 for all EU states, except the UK and Denmark
  • In 1999, a ‘virtual’ currency was launched and all member state currencies were attributed a ‘fixed exchange rate’ vis-a-vis the single currency
  • In 2002, notes and coins began to circulate and they rapidly took over from the former national currencies

 

You can pre-order for St Patrick’s Day

  1. email us at: numis.cufflinks@gmail.com
  2. please state the coin + year that you require

 

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Coins & Dates Available: Irish Pre-Decimal Coin Cufflinks 1928-1969

Numis Cufflinks

Wear or give as a very special gift a set of cufflinks with genuine vintage Irish coins inset.

Irish Pre-Decimal Coins

The Irish Free State (Saorstát Éireann); 6 December 1922 – 29 December 1937) was the state established in 1922 as a Dominion of the British Commonwealth of Nations under the Anglo-Irish Treaty signed by British and Irish representatives exactly twelve months beforehand.

  • As expected, Northern Ireland immediately exercised its right under the Treaty to remove itself from the new state.

The Irish Free State effectively replaced both the self-proclaimed Irish Republic (founded 21 January 1919) and the Provisional Government of the Irish Free State. W. T. Cosgrave, the first President of the Executive Council of the Irish Free State, had led both of these governments since August 1922.

The Treaty established that the new Irish Free State would be a constitutional monarchy, with a Governor-General.

  • The Constitution of the Irish Free State made more detailed provision for the state’s system of government, with a three-tier parliament, called the Oireachtas, made up of the King and two houses, Dáil Éireann and Seanad Éireann (the Irish Senate).
  • Executive authority was vested in the King, and exercised by a cabinet called the Executive Council, presided over by a prime minister called the President of the Executive Council.
    • The King in Ireland was represented by a Governor-General of the Irish Free State.
    • The office replaced the previous Lord Lieutenant, who had headed English and British administrations in Ireland since the Middle Ages.
    • Governors-General were appointed by the King initially on the advice of the British Government, but with the consent of the Irish Government.
    • From 1927 the Irish Government alone had the power to advise the King whom to appoint.

In 1927, a committee (led by Nobel laureate, W.B. Yeats) ran a competition and chose the winning designs for the first Irish coins. A year later, we had a beautiful set of 8 of critically-acclaimed  coins – three of which are small enough today to be used as cufflink inserts.

Coin Cufflinks - Irish Free State
Coins images are for illustrative purposes only, i.e. they are not to scale. In 1931, ’32, ’35 and ’36 only 192,000 farthings were minted for each year – making these years quite scarce even before the coins were withdrawn in the 1950’s

The Irish Free State came to an end in 1937, when the citizens voted by a relatively narrow majority to adopt a new constitution. The new Constitution of Ireland (Bunreacht na hÉireann) repealed the 1922 Constitution, and came into effect on 29 December 1937.

  • The state was re-named Ireland (Éire in the Irish language)
  • The obverse (front) coin design changed to reflect this change
  • A new office of President of Ireland was instituted in place of the Governor-General of the Irish Free State.
Coin Cufflinks - Ireland
Coin images are for illustrative purposes only, i.e. they are not to scale. In 1940, ’49, ’53 and ’59 only 192,000 farthings were minted for each year. The Irish farthing was withdrawn in the late 1950’s and was briefly re-introduced in 1966 to make up a 9-coin set celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1915 Dublin Rising. Only 60,000 farthings were struck in 1966 but none of these circulated – compared to 4 million threepences and 2 million sixpences.

Irish coins are not issued every year, therefore there are gaps in the numismatic record.

  • Rarity is not determined by the number of coins minted (most of which we know) but by their survival rates (which we don’t know).
  • Mintages of Irish coins was a small fraction of those minted in the UK, so these Irish coins are relatively scarce when compared to their British counterparts
    • Most of these coins were melted down when they were replaced by decimal coinage in February 1971

You can pre-order for St Patrick’s Day

  1. email us at: numis.cufflinks@gmail.com
  2. please state the coin + year that you require

 

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