• 3 Pence 1942-1968, KM# 12a, Ireland
  • 3 Pence 1942-1968, KM# 12a, Ireland
Description

The threepence (3d) (Irish: leath reul) coin was a subdivision of the pre-decimal Irish pound, worth  1⁄80 of a pound or  1⁄4 of a shilling. The Irish name (leath reul) literally meant "half reul", the reul being a sixpence coin worth the same as the Spanish real (a quarter of a peseta). As with all other Irish coins, it resembled its British counterpart, as the Irish pound was pegged to the British pound until 1979.

The coin was minted at the Royal Mint starting from 1928, and ceased to be legal tender after decimalisation on 31 December 1971. Ireland did not adopt the brass, dodecagonal three pence coin that Britain used between 1937 and 1971.

Obverse

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 1961

Reverse

Seated hare facing left.

Engraver: Percy Metcalfe

leaṫ reul
3d
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Edge

3 Pence

KM# 12a Sp# 6642
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Characteristics
Material Cupronickel
Weight 3.24 g
Diameter 17.7 mm
Thickness 1.81 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal

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