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Ireland 1 scilling 1930


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This is my only Ireland silver coin. Good year ! Is it VF or may it be XF?


short answer F-VF

long answer: There is a difference between US & European grading. One of the differences is that there is no 'about uncirculated' (AU) European grade. XF or EF covers what US collectors refer to as both XF and AU. It's usually not worthwhile to debate grade titles across continents, but it should boil down to pricing. The pricing often agrees even if the grade does not.

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I'd grade it GVF, possibly AEF.


Ipse dixit. I go with a gVF/gVF both sides being about the same in the same way. I think that aEF is pushing it as neither side suggests better. But, you know, you have to go with the coin itself and there is nothing wrong with this one. I think that grading is over-rated. Long ago, I found a nice Mint State Seated Liberty Quarter and asked the dealer to send it in for slabbing and he asked, "What for? The coin speaks for itself."


What is the symbolism of the bull?


You mean, aside from the obvious?


World-renown playwright and poet, Yeats was elected to the Irish Senate. He chaired the committee that chose the designs for the coins of the new Irish Free State. Yeats had seen classical Greek coins while studying and writing in Italy during the late 1800s. He arranged for all of the artists on this project to receive ancient Hellenistic coins, so they could see for themselves the powerful images he wanted to bring to Ireland's coins.

"IRELAND'S POET LAUREATE" by Michael Marotta, ANA Money Talks, Transcript No. 1952 March 28, 2000)


This coin, in particular, is strongly reminiscent of an earlier one known from many Greek towns in Italy, in this case Thurium (Thourion). (See http://www.wildwinds.com/coins/greece/lucania/thourioi/i.html)


The horse is also known from Carthage, for example. The pig is found on large Roman bronzes blocks (proto-numismatic, perhaps). The hen and chicks were more original to Percy Metcalfe, the designer.


And the Central Bank of Ireland announced (read here) that they are issuing a commemorative "Barnyard Series" for their euro.


Top of the day to you, lad,


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