Everything Irish has long been considered a symbol of good luck, from the leprechaun to the shamrock. The Irish Penny has also been a symbol of good luck for many years. It is a real piece of Ireland! This collection features two classic Irish Pennies, including one that is at least 50 years old. They are known as “Lucky Irish Pennies.” Both coins were struck in bronze by the Royal Mint in London. The first coin is the large Irish Penny that was made from 1928 to 1968. It was the first unique penny coin in Irish history; previously, the Irish used English coins. The front of the coin depicts a 16-string Irish harp based on the Brian Boru harp in Trinity College, Dublin. The harp was allegedly once owned by the Irish king Brian Boru 1,000 years ago in the early 1000’s. It is one of the oldest harps in the world and was also the model for the coat of arms of Ireland. The word “Eire” is Irish for Ireland. The reverse shows a hen and her chicks as a tribute to Ireland’s agricultural heritage. The denomination is shown as “1d” (the abbreviation for one penny) and the inscription “pingin” is Irish for “penny.” The last coin was made over 50 years ago in 1968. The large coin was replaced with a small coin in 1971 when the decimal system was introduced for coinage. The small Irish Penny retains the harp design on the obverse. The reverse of the small coin is a stylized bird from an illustration in the famous Book of Kells. The denomination is shown as “1p,” the abbreviation for the new decimal penny. The Irish Penny was last made in 2000; in 2002, Ireland adopted the Euro currency. As a result, these coins are long out of issue and are never seen today in circulation. Need to change your luck? Switch pennies! The coins are presented in a protective card with narrative about the design and history of the coins.