Ireland 1-PENNY (KM11) Hen and chicks
The Irish 'Barnyard Series' of coins features animals that were very important to Ireland's mainly agricultural economy.
The penny features a hen (chicken) and her chicks. The importance of the hen in a rural agricultural community is obvious. This design appeared on the first coinage of the Irish Free State in 1928 (KM3), and was carried over with a modified obverse on this issue from 1940 to 1968. This is the only animal design that features an 'extra' -- the hen is clutching an arrowhead in one of its claws.
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- Diameter: 30.8 mm
- Composition: Bronze
- CAT#: KM11