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T. W. Moody, F. X. Martin, and F. J. Byrne

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199562527

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199562527.001.0001

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The Irish Coinage, 1534–1691

The Irish Coinage, 1534–1691

(p.408) Chapter XVI The Irish Coinage, 1534–1691
A New History of Ireland

Michael Dolley

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the history and origins of the Irish coinage from 1534 to 1691. The decision was taken to break with tradition and to strike in London a separate and distinct coinage for Ireland. The new coins, first struck in 1534, had as their obverse type a crowned shield with the arms of England and France, and for reverse the badge of a crowned harp, the novel Irish armorial recently assumed by Henry VIII. ‘Coin of the harp’ was the official name, soon shortened to ‘harp’, of the larger denomination. The ‘Hibernias’ coins from their reverse type, were dated 1691, and brought to a close a phase of Anglo-Irish monetary history of unparalleled interest for the economist.

Keywords:   Irish coinage, Coin of the harp, Hibernias, Anglo-Irish monetary history

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