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USA Coinage Hibernia (Ireland) George I Half Penny 1723 High Grade as seen

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Year 1723
Value1/2 Penny (1/480)
Weight7 g
Diameter27.5 mm
Thickness1.3 mm


George I head to right


IRELAND - George I (1714-1727)
William Wood's 'Hibernia' Coinage
This coinage was originally struck by William under Royal Patent at his Bristol foundry for use in Ireland. However, the coinage was deeply unpopular in Ireland due to its lightweight relative to English issues. Dean Swift (Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver's Travels and Dean of  St. Patrick's, Dublin), anonymously penned the 'Drapier's Papers', a series of pamphlets highlighting the inequity of this inferior coinage and aroused public opinion against it. Following a general boycott the coinage was withdrawn and shipped to the American Colonies for use alongside Wood's Rosa America coinage.IRELAND / U.S. COLONIAL, George I (1714-1727), William Wood's 'Hibernia' Coinage, Copper Halfpenny, Type II, 1723, GEORGIUS DEI GRATIA REX, laureate head of George right, rev., HIBERNIA 1723, seated figure of Hibernia left, resting arm on harp and holding palm branch