Uncirculated or better), with the exception of the first year of issue, 1928 which is generally common.

However it is the three silver denominations which are particularly scarce for dates between 19.

Clearly as the better agencies have a more uniform approach, even if it seems to be slowly moving upwards over time, there is now a premium attaching to a grade from a better agency, or perhaps better expressed from the point of European grading as having a smaller grade discount than some of the less reputable agencies.

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) sales in February and the 'Millennial Sale' in April 2000.

Part of this strength, viewed from the perspective of Irish pound prices, is probably reflected by the strength of Sterling and the US Dollar as many collectors are based in the UK and USA.

The nature of coins is that they are produced in large numbers to facilitate commerce in a state. This is especially true of coins produced in the 20th century, such as those on this page.

However normal coins see normal circulation and after a time examples in better condition can become scarce.

At the moment (Jan 2001) the most expensive coin (in terms of realised auction value) is the US 1804 Dollar which sold last year for just over $4,000,000.00. Since I wrote this the only 1933 US double eagle has exceeded this price, but the comparison with the Irish coins is still valid.

An Irish halfpenny of Edward III of which only two examples are known sold at about the same time for about ,000 and and Irish penny of Henry VII again one of two known examples sold for 0.Because there are very few slabbed Irish coins traded there is little record of precise grades for the better uncirculated pieces.But the collectors do know the difference - in local auctions there is very keen bidding on better quality uncirculated pieces, but it is only where I have viewed the lot and specifically noted a grade that I can make use of the data.Finally, while I do watch e Bay quite actively I find that I do have to discount some e Bay prices as not relevant - the trends for the better quality coin collector pieces are often quite useful, but some Irish coins, the Pearse ten shillings in particular, has a following outside the coin collecting fraternity and often a following which doesn't understand grading particularly well so they often fetch widely varying prices - occasionally two finishing on the same day will finish with the poorer one selling for much more than the better one.I have included a high quality uncirculated grade; US: MS65 (MS65R for bronze).You can decide for yourself which agencies fall into which categories.