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Re: The coinage of the Irish Free State
« Reply #30 on: December 05, 2015, 01:41:00 PM »


The Irish half penny and penny were the first modern coins to portray an animal mother and children. To my knowledge, this concept did not appear again until the issue of the Malawi florin in 1964.





The design was retained on the decimal 20 tambala of 1971, and it appears to this day on Malawi's 10 kwacha coin.



See also: Animal mother and child.

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Re: The coinage of the Irish Free State
« Reply #31 on: December 05, 2015, 01:41:18 PM »


Tonga, 5 seniti, 1975.





Tonga, 1 seniti, 1975.

The animal mother and child theme surfaced again on Tonga's new design series of 1975. The pig and the hen and chicks designs of this FAO-themed circulation set seemed to pay direct homage to Metcalfe's predecimal Irish designs.

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Re: The coinage of the Irish Free State
« Reply #32 on: December 05, 2015, 01:41:53 PM »
When Ireland went decimal - a staged process from 1969 to 1971 - the Metcalfe designs were retained on the higher denominations only.  Even now that Ireland has adopted the euro, and the sole national design on its coins is the harp, the Irish still seem nostalgic for the old barnyard designs, and some of these have been adapted and reused on collector coins, though not on any of the circulation coins. The old predecimal coins of Ireland are now long gone and retired, but their influence lives on.