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
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
- email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- please state the coin + year that you require