Ireland 1954 1/2 crown

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Goldberg sale 104, lot 4291
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins & Collectibles

This specimen was lot 4291 in Goldberg sale 104 (Los Angeles, June 2018), where it sold for $108. The catalog description[1] noted, "Ireland. Halfcrown, 1954. PCGS graded MS-65." The first Irish half crowns, issued 1928-37, featured the obverse legend "SAORSTAT EIREANN"; the second type, issued 1939-43, merely stated "EIRE." The subsequent and final type (KM 16a), issued 1951-67, was copper-nickel. This date is not rare but is scarce compared to the issues of the sixties. The Irish race horse depicted honors Irish agriculture.

Recorded mintage: 400,000 plus proofs.

Specification: 14.14 g, copper-nickel, 32.3 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM-16a.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of Scotland, Ireland and the Islands (Jersey, Guernsey, Man & Lundy), Pre-Decimal Issues, 2nd edition, London: Spink & Son, 2003.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 104: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2018.

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