At the moment (Jan 2001) the most expensive coin (in terms of realised auction value) is the US 1804 Dollar which sold last year for just over ,000,000.00. Since I wrote this the only 1933 US double eagle has exceeded this price, but the comparison with the Irish coins is still valid.
An Irish halfpenny of Edward III of which only two examples are known sold at about the same time for about ,000 and and Irish penny of Henry VII again one of two known examples sold for 0.
Of course if you spend several decades studying, buying and selling coins there is some sense to it - or is there ?
:-) In terms of modern Irish coins the earlier coins are generally difficult to get in very high grade (i.e.
Mc versus Mac - names are entered in our database ONLY as Mac to avoid duplication - they are the same as far as Irish and Scottish names are concerned, contrary to popular belief. It is recommended that you enter your full surname - if the search is successful it will return suggested tartan(s) - you can then view these tartans by clicking the appropriate icon.
If the search returns no answers and your surname doesnt include O, or Mac you might like to try adding those as a prefix, conversely if your name does include those prefixs you might like to try dropping the prefix and trying another search as these prefixs were frequently added and dropped during a familys history.
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Significant among the token issues are the anonymous St Patrick's farthings and halfpennies.
Unlike the normal tokens of the period these coins are not attributed to an issuer.
Although the Scottish traditional of wearing the tartan is more generally recognised, there is a school of thought that the Scots roots are the scoti who emigrated from Ireland to Scotland taking the tartan with them.
What is now established is that Tartan weaving is far older than had been previously thought, and has been found on Celtic mummies dating back over 3000 years.
There are over 800 different issues and they include examples from every city, almost every town and a few villages in Ireland.