Ireland 1/2 Crown  1928 to 1967
Ireland 1/2 Crown 1928 to 1967

Modern Irish coinage is big on animals. Different denominations carry different animals, from rabbit, to dog, to bull, to fish, and, for this one, to horse. It would be fun to assemble a collection of Irish animal coins. Why not try it?

These coins are affordable as well. This page is about half crowns with the horse. They were made in silver until 1950. After that they were made in copper-nickel.

BEFORE 1950: 0.341 troy ounces silver
AFTER 1950: no silver content

If you have a silver coin, it cannot be worth less than its silver value. Look up the current price of silver (see web sites such as and multiply by 0.341. That is the minimum value for your coin, even if in totally worn or damaged condition.

Here are some approximate catalog values.

worn: $10 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $20
well preserved: $150
fully uncirculated: $450
half crowns dated 1928 are most common and worth $65 fully uncirculated
half crowns dated 1934 are more common and worth $250 fully unc.
half crowns dated 1937 are scarce and worth $2000 fully unc.

Only one coin dated 1938 is known: it is located in the National Museum of Ireland. All other Irish half crowns dated 1938 are fakes.

worn: $10 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $15
well preserved: $28
fully uncirculated: $75
half crowns dated 1943 are very rare and worth $4500+ in fully uncirculated condition. Approximately 500 specimens are known.

worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $1
well preserved: $2
fully uncirculated: $8
half crowns dated 1951, 1954 and 1955 are less common and catalog at $3 average circulated, $35 fully uncirculated

Use our Important Terminology page to convert these inflated catalog values to actual buy and sell values.

Coin: 12229 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: Erlinda, Wed, 22-Aug-2012 15:53:45 GMT
Answered by: Chris, Sat, 13-Oct-2012 13:09:30 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Wed, 02-Nov-2016 19:17:21 GMT
Requester description: 1928 coroin leath 2s6d eireann saorstat Has a picture of horse on front
Tags: ireland 1 2 crown hibernia hib irish ire hibernie eire celtic hiber celts crowned tiara crowns tiarra crowning tiera coroin leath saorstat horse mountie mounted mount equestrian rider pony horsehead riding horseman ride horseback horses equestres stallion harp


love your website very informative and i have a half crown mule version from 1930 how much would this be worth in your opinion? - amanda
Hi Amanda -- To understand the half-crown 'mule' coin, the first step is to remove from your thinking the fact that horses and mules look different. All 2s6d Irish coins between 1928 and 1967 have a picture of a horse, there are no mules pictured on any coin. However, in real life, a mule is the offspring of a male donkey and a female horse, and, because donkeys and horses are different species, mules are the result of a forced mismatch. In numismatics (coin collecting), a mule coin is one with mismatched front and back, that is, the front and back designs are not supposed to be paired with each other, but they are so paired on a mule coin. Mule coins are minting errors and are often quite valuable. In 1961 the Irish mint made a mule error and paired the harp side from post-1938 coins with the horse side of pre-1938 coins. This happened only in 1961, and a 1961 mule catalogs at $200 in well preserved condition. You can see diagnostics for this coin at this web site [Press Here]. -- Amanda, since your coin is dated 1930, it is not a mule and has no added value over and above its already present collector value, described on this page. -- Thanks for your interest in CoinQuest. We appreciate your excellent question. - CoinQuest (Paul)





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