Other interesting facts
about Ireland and its money:
One of the earliest types of
Irish money is called ring
money. These are gold rings
that people used for money. They could be plain or
Around the year 995, the Irish
started making coins for money. From 995-1928, different
kings made different coins. Some were made out of silver,
bronze or brass. Some of the types of coins they minted
were halfpennies, pennies, farthings, groats and
The more decorated they
were, the higher the value. Also, because the
quality of the gold cold be different, none of
these coins had a set value. The buyer and
seller had to agree on the value of the ring
every time it was being used. No rings were
identical--the size and type of decoration was
different for each one.
This gold ring was called
Ireland is surrounded by countries
that aren't participating in the euro.
In 1926 the government
of Ireland decided to create new Irish coins.
This is what the designs
Fronts of all coins are
Has a sixteen string
harp in middle of
On the left side of the harp is
the word Eire. (means Ireland in the Irish language.)
On the back of the old coins
Back has a different animal
depending on what piece of money it is.
A woodcock is on the farthing
because of its size and being an important game
A sow is on the halfpenny
because the pig was a very important animal to Irish
A hen is on the penny because
it is holding an arrowhead in one claw and the Irish
think that a hen is brave.
was on the shilling because it is very important to Irish
A salmon was on the florin
because the fishing industry is important to Irish
A horse was on the halfcrown
but they stopped making the halfcrown and halfpenny in
The Irish euro coins have
harp is the traditional symbol of
Ireland. The picture
to the right shows the Irish Harp on a shield.
The great chieftans had
musicians, and their
favorite instrument was the harp.
The harp is on the
national side all the euro coins from Ireland.
It is usually surrounded by the word Eire which
means Ireland in Irish, the date of issue and
twelve stars surrounding it all.
On the right side of harp
is the date it was issued.
Around the date, word
and harp, there are twelve stars.
The harp on the euro
was designed by Jarlath Hayes.
The Celtic Harp is on all the Irish euro
To see the national sides of all the
Irish coins, click
To learn more about the history of Ireland's money,
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