• 1 Shilling 1928-1937, KM# 6, Ireland
  • 1 Shilling 1928-1937, KM# 6, Ireland
Description

The shilling (1s) (Irish: scilling) coin was a subdivision of the pre-decimal Irish pound, worth  1⁄20 of a pound.

The original minting of the coin from 1928 until 1942 contained 75% silver; this Irish coin had a higher content than the equivalent British coin. The last shillings were minted in 1968. When the currency was decimalised, this coin continued to circulate alongside its replacement five pence (which also featured a bull on the reverse); the shilling was finally withdrawn from circulation on 1 January 1993 as a smaller five pence coin was introduced.

The reverse design featuring a bull was by English artist Percy Metcalfe. The obverse featured the Irish harp. From 1928 to 1937 the date was split either side of the harp with the name Saorstát Éireann circling around. From 1938 to 1968 the inscription changed to Éire on the left of the harp and the date on the right.

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.

The Irish Free State (Irish: Saorstát Éireann; 6 December 1922 – 29 December 1937) was an independent state established in 1922 under the Anglo-Irish Treaty of December 1921. That treaty ended the three-year Irish War of Independence between the forces of the self-proclaimed Irish Republic, the Irish Republican Army (IRA), and British Crown forces. Irish Free State was renamed as Republic of Ireland in 1937.

saorstàt
éireann
19 28

Reverse

Bull, facing right.

Engraver: Percy Metcalfe.

1s
scilling
pm

Edge

1 Shilling

KM# 6 Sp# 6627
Characteristics
Material Silver
Fineness 0.750
Weight 5.66 g
Diameter 23.6 mm
Thickness 1.7 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal

Related coins

Silver, 5.66 g, ⌀ 23.7 mm