Ireland:Penny 1971-2000 Book of Kell Bird


Quick Coinage Facts

Years Minted: 1971-2000
Number of Types: 2
Composition: Bronze (type 1), Copper Plated Steel (type 2)
Diameter: 20.3 mm
Weight: 3.56 grams
Type 1 Total Mintage: 459,675,000 (approximate)
Type 2 Total Mintage: 581,974,000 (approximate)
Obverse Design: Harp
Reverse Design: Bird


The obverse design features the Irish Harp separating the date and legend “EIRE” or Ireland.

The reverse was designed by Gabriel Hayes and features a rendition of a stylized bird based on images from the Book of Kell where stylized letter initials featuring the art were used. To the right of the design is the denomination “1 P”.


Obverse Reverse


In 1988, the composition was changed from Bronze to Copper Plated Steel. 1988 coinage was issued in both compositions and because they were the same size, weight, & color they are difficult to differentiate by eye. The easiest way to determine which 1988 composition coin you have is to use a magnet as all of the plated steel used for coinage was magnetic.

Type 1 - Bronze composition 1971 to 1988
Type 2 - Copper plated steel composition 1988 to 2000

General Market Notes

There are no rarities to the series. Coins are affordable and readily available.

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