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The Irish Penny
The penny has been a feature of Irish Coinage for over 1000 years from the time when the post Roman ‘Hibernia’, as Ireland was known, was invaded by the viking and Saxon hordes.
The first pennies were hammered silver coins and these silver pennies were being minted during the reign of King John at mints in Waterford, Limerick and Dublin and carried Irish Designs.
1. The history of the Irish Coinage tended to mirror that of the British throughout the Middle Ages and throughout the Industiral Revolution. The first machine struck coins appeared around 1664 and the first Irish copper pennies were struck in 1805 and minted in Birmingham.
The Irish Free State came into being in December 1921. In 1926 the government of the newly founded Irish Free State formed a coinage committee to plan for a new Irish coinage. The chairman of the committee was the Irish poet William Butler Yeats. The first penny coins produced by the Irish Free State were bronze and were minted in 1928. These were replaced in 1940 by the Eire Penny. These coins were minted by the royal mint.
The coins in our watches are those minted between 1928 and 1968. Ireland subsequently adopted decimal coinage in 1971 and is now in the Euro Zone.
History of Ireland through 1928 - 1968
1928 - The Irish Tricolour is raised for the first time at the Olympic Games.
1929 - The first Irish banknotes are issued.
1930 - A painting by Rembrandt, found in an Irish cottage, is authenticated.
1931 - First St. Patrick's Day parade held in the Irish Free State
1932 - The Tailteann Games open in Croke Park, Dublin. The games were first organised in 632 BC.
1933 - Éamon de Valera gives a State reception in St. Patrick's Hall of Dublin Castle, the first since the foundation of the state.
1934 - W.W. McDowell, US Minister to Ireland, dies at a State banquet in his honor at Dublin Castle.
1935 – Relics & Souvenirs of the 1916 Easter Rising arrive at the National Museum.
1936 - Aer Lingus makes its first flight.
1937 - The Minister for Finance, Seán MacEntee, delivers his budget. He reduces the costs of butter, sugar and tea.
1938 - Douglas Hyde is formally inaugurated as the first President of Ireland.
1939 - Taoiseach Éamon de Valera tells the Dáil that Ireland will remain neutral in the European War.
1940 - The German government is willing to pay compensation for dropping bombs on Dublin.
1941 - Bombing of Dublin in World War II:
1942 - It is announced that Ireland is to have a new Central Bank replacing the old Currency Commission.
1943 - The Central Bank of Ireland is established.
1944 - The British Government bans all travel between Great Britain and Ireland.
1945 - President Seán T. O'Kelly asks the youth of Ireland to make a particular effort to restore the Irish language.
1946 - Éamon de Valera's motion to apply for membership of the United Nations is accepted in the Dáil.
1947 -The All-Ireland Football Final is played in the Polo Grounds in New York.
1948 - The Republic of Ireland Bill is passed in Dáil Éireann.
1949 - At midnight April 17th, 26 counties officially leave the British Commonwealth and become Republic of Ireland.
1950 - Irish representatives in Europe vote against Winston Churchill's plan for a European Army.
1951 - Éamon de Valera becomes Taoiseach.
1952 - An Aer Lingus aircraft crashes in Wales killing twenty passengers and the crew.
1953 - Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jr. asks the American Congress to support a United Ireland.
1954 - Entrepreneur Joe "Spud" Murphy (1923–2001) sets up Tayto to manufacture crisps.
1955 - Ireland is admitted to the United Nations.
1956 - President Seán T. O'Kelly opens the first Cork International Film Festival.
1957 - The Gough Monument in the Phoenix Park is wrecked by an explosion.
1958 - Dublin's Liam Whelan is among the dead when a plane carrying the Manchester United team crashes in Munich.
1959 - Twelve new female members of An Garda Síochána, known as bhanghardaí, pass out of the training depot in the Phoenix Park.
1960 - The last barge on the Grand Canal leaves Dublin carrying Guinness to Limerick after a 156-year-old service.
1961 - John F. Kennedy becomes President of the United States, the first of Irish-Catholic descent.
1962 - Gay Byrne presents the very first edition of the Late Late Show.
1963 - President Kennedy is assassinated.
1964 - The death penalty is abolished for all but the murder of gardaí, diplomats and prison officers.
1965 - The Gaelic Athletic Association Congress in Dublin decides that the ban on foreign games is to stay in place.
1966 - Nelson's Pillar in O'Connell Street, Dublin, is blown up to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising.
1967 - Ireland's free post-primary school transport scheme began. CIÉ brought 38,000 students to 350 schools.
1968 - 29 May - President Éamon de Valera opens the John F. Kennedy Memorial Park in New Ross, County Wexford.