Feoirling: coin from Republic of Ireland; 1/4 pingin


Feoirling, 1959: Republic of Ireland

Feoirling, 1959: Republic of Ireland

The legend on the coin is made in Gaelic type.

1/4 d - FEOIRLING: 1/4 pingin (penny) = 1 feoirling (farthing).

Why 1/4 d, but not logic 1/4 p? That is, why are pence abbreviated with the letter "d" and not "p"? — The minting of pence coins over 1000 years ago began on the model of Roman denarius. This explains the presence of the symbol "d" (from the Latin "denarius") on old pence, while after the 1971 reform in Great Britain (and Ireland too) and the introduction of the decimal monetary system to denote pence began to use a more logical symbol — "p".

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

Woodcock — specy of wading bird in Ireland that is adapted to breed in woodland. Its plumage provides superb camouflage, blending with dead leaf litter and ground vegetation where it nests, rears its chicks and roosts during the day.

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: 192.000.

  • Bronze: 20 mm - 2.83 g
  • Reference price: 9$

COIN FEOIRLING — WHERE & WHEN (coins catalog: by names & emitents)
  1. IRELAND (1928-1966) — Irish Free State + Republic of Ireland: feoirling = 1/4 pingin = 1/24 reul = 1/48 scilling = 1/96 flóirin = 1/240 coróin = 1/960 punt

FEOIRLING as coin name.
Feoirling — purely Irish denomination of coins, which is essentially a local analogue of the farthing of the United Kingdom.
The coin was minted during 1928-1966 in two versions, differing only in the legend: SAORSTÁT ÉIREANN (Irish Free State) or ÉIRE (Ireland).
Similarly to the farthing of the UK as 1/4 pound, the feoirling was also a quarter of the main currency — the Irish punt.
The name is simple: feoirling is the Irish spelling of the British farthing.