Irish ten shilling coin
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The ten shilling coin was a subdivision of the pre-decimal Irish pound
Irish pound
The Irish pound was the currency of Ireland until 2002. Its ISO 4217 code was IEP, and the usual notation was the prefix £...

, worth ½ of a pound, the highest value coin in the pre-decimal system.

The coin was 83.5% silver and 16.5% copper. It measured 1.2 inches (30.5 mm) in diameter and weighed 18.144 gram
Gram
The gram is a metric system unit of mass....

s. The coin did not prove popular, and 1,270,000 of the two million produced were withdrawn and melted down. This unpopularity may be due to the ten shilling Series A Banknote which was then in circulation.
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The ten shilling coin was a subdivision of the pre-decimal Irish pound
Irish pound
The Irish pound was the currency of Ireland until 2002. Its ISO 4217 code was IEP, and the usual notation was the prefix £...

, worth ½ of a pound, the highest value coin in the pre-decimal system.

The coin was 83.5% silver and 16.5% copper. It measured 1.2 inches (30.5 mm) in diameter and weighed 18.144 gram
Gram
The gram is a metric system unit of mass....

s. The coin did not prove popular, and 1,270,000 of the two million produced were withdrawn and melted down. This unpopularity may be due to the ten shilling Series A Banknote which was then in circulation. Twenty thousand coins were issued as proofs in issue cases.

The reverse design featured Cú Chulainn
Cú Chulainn
Cú Chulainn or Cúchulainn , and sometimes known in English as Cuhullin , is an Irish mythological hero who appears in the stories of the Ulster Cycle, as well as in Scottish and Manx folklore...

, the mythical Irish
Irish mythology
The mythology of pre-Christian Ireland did not entirely survive the conversion to Christianity, but much of it was preserved, shorn of its religious meanings, in medieval Irish literature, which represents the most extensive and best preserved of all the branch and the Historical Cycle. There are...

 hero. The figure of Cú Chulainn is a miniature of the statue by Oliver Sheppard
Oliver Sheppard
Oliver Sheppard RHA was an Irish sculptor, most famous for his 1911 bronze statue of the mythical Cuchullain dying in battle.-Family:...

, in the General Post Office
General Post Office (Dublin)
The General Post Office ' in Dublin is the headquarters of the Irish postal service, An Post, and Dublin's principal post office...

, Dublin. The coin was produced for the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising
Easter Rising
The Easter Rising was an insurrection staged in Ireland during Easter Week, 1916. The Rising was mounted by Irish republicans with the aims of ending British rule in Ireland and establishing the Irish Republic at a time when the British Empire was heavily engaged in the First World War...

 and commenced circulation on 12 April 1966 and was designed by Thomas Humphrey Paget
Thomas Humphrey Paget
Thomas Humphrey Paget OBE was a well-known English medal and coin designer and modeller.Paget's designs are indicated by the initials 'HP'.He was awarded the O.B.E. in the King's Birthday Honours of 1948.His O.B.E...

.

The ten shilling is the only Irish coin to feature an inscription on edge until the Irish euro coins
Irish euro coins
Irish euro coins all share the same design by Jarlath Hayes, that of the harp, a traditional symbol for Ireland since the Middle Ages, based on that of the Brian Boru harp, housed in Trinity College, Dublin. The same harp is used as the official seals of the Taoiseach, and government ministers and...

, this is "Éirí Amach na Cásca 1916", which translates as "1916 Easter Rising
Easter Rising
The Easter Rising was an insurrection staged in Ireland during Easter Week, 1916. The Rising was mounted by Irish republicans with the aims of ending British rule in Ireland and establishing the Irish Republic at a time when the British Empire was heavily engaged in the First World War...

"; the inscription was in Gaelic type on a smooth edge. The coin is also unique in being the only modern circulated Irish coin not to feature the harp on the obverse side, instead featuring the portrait of Patrick Pearse
Patrick Pearse
Patrick Henry Pearse was an Irish teacher, barrister, poet, writer, nationalist and political activist who was one of the leaders of the Easter Rising in 1916...

 the revolutionary, further making it unique among Irish coinage in that it is the sole coin to feature the image of anyone associated with Irish history or politics.

This coin was officially removed from circulation from 10 February 2002, at the time of the conversion to the euro
Euro
The euro is the official currency of the eurozone: 17 of the 27 member states of the European Union. It is also the currency used by the Institutions of the European Union. The eurozone consists of Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg,...

. While it had not been in general circulation in any quantities since 1966, the coin would have survived Decimal Day
Decimal Day
Decimal Day was the day the United Kingdom and Ireland decimalised their currencies.-Old system:Under the old currency of pounds, shillings and pence, the pound was made up of 240 pence , with 12 pence in a shilling and 20 shillings in a...

, being fifty new pence in value.

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