IRELAND 10 shillings 1968


IRELAND, 10 shillings, 1968, Obverse; Padraig Pearse, Reverse: Easter Uprising, silver, 0.4858 ozT, KM18, Unc

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Padraig Pearse was one of the leaders of the Easter Rising of 1916. That action was crushed by the British, who executed him. The reverse of the coin shows a statue of the death of Cuculain, a hero of Irish mythology.

Ireland gradually obtained greater degrees of independence from Great Britain over several decades of the 20th century. The so-called “Republican” coinage that began in 1940 was part of the process. The declaration of the Republic did not occur until 1949.

The political arrangements that resulted in the nations of modern Europe began to emerge out of local autonomy starting in the 7th century AD or so. Europe, for our purposes, stretches from Greenland to somewhere in Russia. Collectors of Europe would likely include Russia. Collectors of Asia, even though about 2/3 of Russia is in Asia, probably not.

By “Modern World Coins” we mean here, generally, the round, flat, shiny metal objects that people have used for money and still do. “Modern,” though, varies by location. There was some other way they were doing their economies, and then they switched over to “modern coins,” then they went toward paper money, now we’re all going toward digital, a future in which kids look at a coin and say “What’s that?” We’ll say: “We used to use those to buy things.” Kids will ask “How?” The main catalog reference is the Standard Catalog of World Coins, to which the KM numbers refer.