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1805 Ireland ½ Penny S-6621 Skinner Collection





Coin Details

Origin/Country: IRELAND 1603-1823
Item Description: 1/2P 1805 Skinner Collection
Full Grade: NGC MS 63 BN
Owner: coinsandmedals

Owner Comments:

The Irish halfpennies are no exception to my affinity for Irish copper. Although roughly half the size of the penny, these coins are still impressive. As I noted for the Penny, these coins are often dubbed as common, and again, that is true for average circulated examples. For those of you wishing to build a mint state set, which would be relatively inexpensive, this may prove slightly more complicated. Irish copper, in general, is not traded nearly as often of English copper, but when it is, there are usually quite a few people to compete with. Prices are often quite inflated from the estimates provided in price guides, and one should do their research ahead of time to figure out what fair market value is on the coin.

Obverse: George III faces right, his head adorned with a wreath of 10 leaves and three berries tied behind his neck with a riband of 1 bow and one loose end that flows out to the left and points down. The curls of his hair rest behind the neck and on both shoulders. A brooch of 6 beaded jewels catches the drapery on the right shoulder. The lowest fold of the drapery is plain with a K in roughly the center, followed by a massive spate and a dot (K .). The legend which is contained within a thin raised rim and beaded border and reads as follows: GEORGIUS III · D: G · REX. all evenly spaced. This particular example is remarkably free of contact marks for the assigned grade and possesses a very pleasing red-brown color. A slightly noticeable die crack at the bottom right of the “O” in GEORGIUS and extends partially into the field form a hook-like appearance. The tops of III and D:G are weakly struck and show a lack of definition.

Reverse: The reverse portrays a crowned harp with nine strings. The left side of the harp consists of a half-clad woman; her lower half is adorned with what I describe at a mermaid-like fin. Her top half is exposed with her arms depicted as wings that make up the top part of the harp where the crown rests. The bottom band of the crown is decorated with a pattern of precious stones that appears as the following: (· : · ● · : · ● · : · ● · : ·). The top of the crown consists of two bridges, one on the left and on the right, which convenes the top center of the cross located on the top middle of the band just described. Both bridges are decorated with eight beads resting upon a curved bar; however, the curved bar of both seems to at the last bead and does not make contact with the cross. The inner ring of the crown is slightly striated. A flaw occurs at the arch of the half-clad lady’s back and extends down the start of her lower body and protrudes out nearly to the 4th harp string. This flaw slightly impedes the design. Note the design of the right arm of the harp; this becomes less elegant as the denomination decreases. The legend reads as follows: HIBERNIA. with the date 1805 appearing below the primary device and is contained within a thin raised rim and beaded borders. A die crack can be seen that extends through the “E” towards the rim. Another die crack runs along the top of “RNI”. The date has no noticeable flaws.

Edge: Engrailed

Notes: The color of this coin, paired with the strong strike and bold details, make for a very eye appealing coin. Hints of red luster dance around the protected areas of the bust and letters. In the right light, a slightly blueish green tone can be seen in the fields. Remarkably free of contact marks and unsightly carbon spots, this coin is a premium quality piece for the assigned grade. Although by no means a high grade, I am content to keep this coin in my collection with no desire to seek a higher graded example. There are currently five graded MS-63 BN with 13 in higher grades at NGC alone.

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