jgally Registered User
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I have a 1985 20p coin that is in great condition. How long will I have to wait until its worth anything decent??

Degsy Banned
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jgally said:
I have a 1985 20p coin that is in great condition. How long will I have to wait until its worth anything decent??


I'm no expert but i'd imagine a hundred years or so!

jaycen Banned
#3

about 22c right now although you'd have to pay to convert it.

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growler Registered User
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jgally said:
I have a 1985 20p coin that is in great condition. How long will I have to wait until its worth anything decent??


a century or two should see it become worth a bit , keep it safe!!

cregser Registered User
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growler said:
a century or two should see it become worth a bit , keep it safe!!
What about a 1999 IR£10 note? It's not mint condition, but not ripped or anything. I found it in an old coat a few years back and never bothered to convert it.

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cregser said:
What about a 1999 IR£10 note? It's not mint condition, but not ripped or anything. I found it in an old coat a few years back and never bothered to convert it.


As far as I know the Central Bank in Dame Street will still exchange old bank notes at the Euro rate but otherwise it is virtually worthless. You could try eBay but it would need to be in mint condition and even then you probably wouldn't get much for it.

Sam Kade Registered User
#7

I have a 1908 coin badly worn I don't think that it would be worth much.

#8

http://www.irishcoinage.com/DECCAT.HTM

The 1985 20 pence is in fact an extreme rarity. In 1985 prior to the introduction of the new twenty pence piece in 1986 a quantity of coins dated 1985 were struck for testing. Some of these coins escaped being melted down and are in private hands. I have heard of only a very small number of exchanges of these coin and the prices I have heard for them have varied widely. I believe that the minimum number identified in collections (as opposed to sitting gathering dust somewhere without its value being understood but its owner) is four. I suspect thate the number is somewhat higher than this but certainly the coin is extremely rare and because the original production run was apparently very small with only perhaps 50 coins being released for vending machine testing etc. it is unlikely to turn up in significant quantitiies which is always the 'danger' with assigning high prices to modern rarities.

GUNMONEY Registered User
#9

Can you post a picture?



jgally said:
I have a 1985 20p coin that is in great condition. How long will I have to wait until its worth anything decent??

Blade Moderator
#10

Yeh post a picture of both sides please, I'd be interested too, please don't sell it without talking to me first. If it is indeed a 1985

Degsy, Jaycen and Grolwer: Please don't give advice about things you don't know.

the GALL Registered User
#11

if it has a smoothedge/not milled
consider yourself about €10,000 richer
if not it's back to work for you on monday

Blade Moderator
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the GALL said:
if it has a smoothedge/not milled
consider yourself about €10,000 richer
if not it's back to work for you on monday


Smooth edge or not the 1985 20p is ext. rare and still worth in that region. To be honest I suspect the OP is bull$hitting about having one. I've seen some chancers offering 50 Euro for them in adverts like buy and sell

the GALL Registered User
#13

I thought all 1985 20p were smooth and used by telecom engineers to test the phone box's. They were initially issued with a smooth edge as a token to test the weight of the coin to calibrate the phone box and were to be handed back after the testing was complete. Hey OP send us on a photo of the edge I'd love to get a look at it(ya jammy B**stard, ya).

No OP's feeling were hurt in the makeing of this thread(I hope's)

jd10 Registered User
#14

just wondering would anyone know if an irish pound coin with part milled edge is worth anything? i know a pound coin with a full milled edge is worth about 20 euro but would my coin be worth more or less???

i have also come across a lead pound coin - anyone ever heard about these? obviously counterfeit but its just something interesting to keep in my collection.

Blade Moderator
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jd10 said:
just wondering would anyone know if an irish pound coin with part milled edge is worth anything? i know a pound coin with a full milled edge is worth about 20 euro but would my coin be worth more or less???

i have also come across a lead pound coin - anyone ever heard about these? obviously counterfeit but its just something interesting to keep in my collection.


20 euro is a fair evaluation for a fully milled edge pound coin. The partly milled ones would not be worth as much, I'd say between 5 and 10 euro tops. I've come across a lot more partly milled ones plus they don't have the same numismatic appeal or interest.

Lead pound coins were a common counterfeit alright, basically cast and intented to deceive at the time. But it's also possible to create them today, so for that reason they don't have a high value, I picked one up for a fiver. All these coins have an important numismatic history so you should keep them in your collection.

You probably know already but the milled pounds didn't go through the second phase which was to add the security engrailing. The milling is done together with the face strikes, all in one strike.

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