I bought this coin for my older son’s 32nd birthday today.
This was the only Ten Shillings coin issued by Ireland. The highest value coin prior to 1966 was the Half Crown (Two Shillings and Sixpence). The lowest banknote was Ten Shillings.
The year 1966 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the Easter Rising. One side of the coin showed Padraig Pearse, the Head of the Provisional Government and Commander in Chief of the Republican Forces. Like all the signatories of the Proclamation of The Republic of Ireland, Pearse was executed in May 1916. The other side of the coin showed the mythical warrior Cú Chullain.