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Ireland 3 Pence  1928 to 1968
Ireland 3 Pence 1928 to 1968

The Celtic harp has been on Irish coinage for centuries, but, from 1928 on, a strong animal theme has become prevalent. The three penny, or three pence, or 3d denomination has a rabbit. Other denominations have other animals: birds, dogs, pigs, horses, bulls, and even fish.

The 3d coins are made of nickel and most carry low value. Coins in excellent condition, like the one in our picture, command a few US dollars for collectors who want to add nice looking specimens to their collections. Coins dated before 1939 carry the legend SAORSTAT EIREANN (Irish Free State) and are more valuable.

Typical catalog values run like this:

3 PENCE BEFORE 1939 (SAORSTAT EIREANN):
worn: $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $5
well preserved: $40
fully uncirculated: $100
3 pence dated 1933 are somewhat rare, cataloging at $300 in fully uncirculated condition. much less if worn

3 PENCE AFTER 1938 (EIRE)
worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: less than $1
well preserved: $1
fully uncirculated: $8
3 pence dated 1939 are somewhat rare, cataloging at $500 in fully uncirculated condition, much less if worn
3 pence dated 1940 to 1948 catalog around $75 in fully uncirculated condition, much less if worn

Remember, as always, to use the concepts presented on our Terminology page to convert these catalog values to actual buy and sell values.

Coin: 10642 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: suresight, Sat, 03-Mar-2012 06:31:53 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sat, 07-Dec-2013 01:27:36 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Fri, 11-Dec-2015 15:03:06 GMT
Requester description: 1942 Irish 1942 LEAT REUL on front with rabbit / back EIRE 1942 HARP illustration
Tags: ireland 3 pence hibernia hib irish ire hibernie eire celtic hiber celts twopence sixpence threepence fourpence leat reul rabbit harp saorstat

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