Would-be coins of Ireland

This is one of the little “what-ifs” of Irish history : the linked photos will show several rejected coin designs from Free State days, and there’s an old draper’s token from Limerick thrown in for good measure.

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Below you may observe the rejected (left) and the winning (right) half-crown designs of 1927. Evidently the selection committee (W. B. Yeats, Chairman) decided it was best to go with a depiction of the tamer Irish Hunter breed of horse standing “at bay” (in heraldic terms) rather than the rampant attitude of the stallion that was also in the running. The obverse of all these coins featured some version of the Harp of Brian Boru, a symbol of Hibernian nationhood which by 1862 had been adopted by the Guinness brewery for an emblem on bottles of stout (and later, Harp Lager’s brand identity and so on). Thirsty work, this iconopoesis.

https://manganpaper.wordpress.com/2012/09/29/a-readers-comment-with-reply-on-would-be-coins-of-ireland/

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One response to “Would-be coins of Ireland

  1. Interesting. Both coins are lovely . . . but they made the wrong choice.

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    [THE REPLY]

    Thanks, Rob. In replying I have incorporated your comment into a new post (September 29) –

    https://manganpaper.wordpress.com/2012/09/29/a-readers-comment-with-reply-on-would-be-coins-of-ireland/

    Cheers,

    ~Q~

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