When I began collecting coins of the world, some of the first coins I acquired were coins of Ireland. Housed in a green plastic holder, the eight-piece set featured farm animals. It was a very attractive set, and appealed to topical collectors, fans of pre-decimal coinage, and anyone who appreciated simply designed, nice coins.
The farthing was last minted in 1959, featuring a woodcock. The half penny featured a sow and piglets, and the penny, a hen and her chicks.
An alert hare was featured on the threepence, an Irish wolfhound on the sixpence, and a bull on the shilling.
A leaping salmon was on the florin, and a horse on the largest coin, the half crown.
The obverse featured a harp, based on the Brian Boru harp.
My basic type set of Irish coins was purchased in 1966, a few years before the decimal coinage came to be. The first modern coins of Ireland were issued in 1928. The inscription on the obverse differed from 1928-1937, Irish Free State; in later years, the country name was Eire. There are a few rarities: the 1938 penny and half crown, along with the 1943 half crown and florin. I looked for these dates when I browsed through "junk boxes." Never found any!
A large and simply designed silver crown was struck in 1966. I recall seeing one in my local coin shop, in an official holder--heavily toned.
The type set of pre-decimal Irish coins was a favorite, and could lead to an interest in coinage from the Emerald Isle, including the more recent issues. All are attractive and worth collecting.