Scilling: coin from Republic of Ireland; 12 pingin


1 scilling, 1964: Republic of Ireland

1 scilling, 1964: Republic of Ireland

The legend on the coin is made in Gaelic type.



PM: under the hind legs of the horse by the micro font are indicated the initials of the author of the coin design (engraver) — Percy Metcalfe (English artist, sculptor and designer).

ÉIRE: Ireland.

Celtic harp also known as Trinity College harp / "Brian Boru's harp" (late-medieval Gaelic harp — "cláirseach") as coat of arms of Ireland.

Royal Mint (London, United Kingdom).

Mintage: 4.000.000.

  • Copper-nickel: 24 mm - 5.74 g
  • Reference price: 1$

COIN SCILLING — WHERE & WHEN (coins catalog: by names & emitents)
  1. IRELAND (1928-1968) — Irish Free State + Republic of Ireland: scilling = 12 pingin = 1/5 coróin = 1/20 punt

SCILLING as coin name.
Scilling — this is how the denomination was indicated on Irish shillings minted during 1928-1968.
During the specified period, Ireland issued coins with denominations written in the Irish language (Irish Gaelic) in the format of local, unique in its kind, names: punt, coróin, flóirin, scilling, reul, pingin, feoirling.
The name scilling is an analogue of the British denomination shilling. However, it is interesting that as it turns out, the term "scilling" historically is the prototype of "shilling", and not the other way around.
Wikipedia provides the following instructive historical reference: "The word "Shilling" comes from Old English "Scilling", a monetary term meaning twentieth of a pound, from the Proto-Germanic root "skildaną" meaning "to separate, split, divide"... The word "Scilling" is mentioned in the earliest recorded Germanic law codes..."