See the coin discussed in today’s post in the Pendant and Ring Coin store. Made from 1928 to 1937, this specific series of 1 Scilling Irish pre-decimal coins have interesting details that age differently from other countries’ coinage. The 1933 Irish Shilling, actually called a Scilling has a strike that is reminiscent of an earlier and equally rare Proof struck in 1928 coin. Irish coins have superb high-end strike quality even in the series’ that Ireland never minted proof strikes for. So, to see a Proof-like strike really brings a smile to our faces, as well as other serious numismatists.
The details on the bottom right hand, inside of the harp on the specimen we have are full and strong in a proof-like strike and are often better than both agency-rated comparable high-grade mint struck shillings of other countries.
When mintage numbers are relatively low, for example, there were only 300,000 or so 1933 Scillings minted. Well, that means that a proof-like ’33 Scilling is not just rare, amazing proof-like strike quality means that coin is off the charts.
We have collected and traded in this specific series for a long time. The coin we have in the coin store right now has excellent original surfaces with high-grade toning and superbly struck rims on both sides of the planchet. It’s a stunning specimen. The coin has superb and very original legends throughout, the lettering is in line with all the other high-grade features of the strike, which is special because the edges of the letters typically begin to soften over time, but this is not the case with this coin.
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