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A massive 1736 Irish half penny - any ideas about this?

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Jeff 11
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 Posted 10/13/2009  4:53 pm Show Profile Check Jeff 11's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add Jeff 11 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

I have recently come across a very oversized 1736 irish halfpenny - nearly 6 cm in diameter. It has the appearance of being contemporary with the period, and the design is very close to the original but with slight differences. It reminds me a bit of some of the later evasion halfpennies in style, apart from its masive sze.

Has anyone any ideas on why this may have been amde so large? I don't have access to a picture right now but will post one shortly. Would much appreciate any thoughts!

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All I can think of are some "massively oversized" US 1 cent coins I purchased from Honolulu airport in the 1980's. They were being sold as novelty drink coasters.
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