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Started by <k>, March 29, 2017, 08:40:30 PM
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Quote from: Figleaf on March 30, 2017, 09:31:03 AMThey did age, though...Moreover, the style of the animals (the hen and chicken is the prime example) is in the fashion of the thirties.
QuoteThe question is rather if the Celtic designs were more representative of the modern Ireland. As far as subject is concerned, clearly not. However, in spirit, they do represent the Celtic essence of the country.
QuoteIn addition, their abstract quality makes them timeless
QuoteThat leaves the "unity of series" argument. I think it is carried too far in the discussion as reflected above. For a considerable time, all UK copper had a seated Britannia, while the rest of the series was heraldics only.
QuoteThat is not the only example. There are quite a few series that have designs in a different style for the coppers.
QuoteI have sympathy for the changeover argument, so I understand a design that signals "a shilling is 5 pence". However, logically that means that the style can also signal "a penny is not 1 pence".
QuoteTherefore, the designs I would have chosen differently is that of the 20p and the pound. While they would not necessarily have had more Celtic birds, they could have been decorated with other Celtic designs and their introduction could have been used to do the same thing with the 5, 10 and 50.
QuoteAfter all, it was no longer necessary to specify "new pennies" either.
Quote from: <k> on March 30, 2017, 12:36:32 PMUnlike the UK coinage, the Irish coins never did include the word "new", only the denominational numerals alongside a "p".