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  • 5 Pence 1969-1990, KM# 22, Ireland
  • 5 Pence 1969-1990, KM# 22, Ireland

The five pence (5p) (Irish: cúig phingin) coin was a subdivision of the Irish pound. It was introduced in Ireland on Decimal Day, 15 February 1971 and reused the design on the shilling coin produced for the Irish Free State in 1928. Some shilling coins remained in circulation until the early 1990s, with the same nominal value as the five pence coin.


The Celtic harp is a triangular harp traditional to Brittany, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. In Ireland and Scotland it was a wire-strung instrument requiring great skill and long practice to play, and was associated with the Gaelic ruling class. In the Republic of Ireland, it appears on the coins and coat of arms.

Éire is Irish for "Ireland", the name of an island and a sovereign state.

éire 1980


Value, bull (to the right).

Engraver: Percy Metcalfe



5 Pence

Large Type
KM# 22 Sp# 6706
Material Cupronickel
Weight 5.66 g
Diameter 23.6 mm
Thickness 1.7 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal

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Small Type

Cupronickel, 3.25 g, ⌀ 18.5 mm