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Irish Free State Cardboard Sample Coinage
January 09, 2008

I often look for odd photos. Recently while on an internet auction site, I cam across a 1920 news service 8x10 featuring sample "coinage" designs for the Irish Free State.

At first I thought these were cardboard examples of coin denominations done hastely to replace British coins. Then I thoguht about it further, and have decided that they are probably cardboard coins to be used in training purposes.

Buy why would the Irish need training coins in denominations and sizes which were already familiar to them?

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On February 22, 2008 chrisbudesa said
while doing a search on the ANS site I found this reference:
Main Author:
 Dixon, F. E.
 Irish cardboard tokens most curious.
Subject Info:
 Ireland Tokens.
Host Publication:
 Coin World Vol. 17, No. 831 (Mar. 17, 1976) p. 100

good luck
On February 22, 2008 chrisbudesa said
and another:

Main Author:
 Young, Derek.
 Ballykinlar tokens.
Subject Info:
 Concentration camp money Ireland.
Host Publication:
 Coin & medal news Vol. 23, no. 2 (Feb. 1986), p. 60-62

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George Cuhaj has been with the Krause Publications numismatic team since 1994. He is editor of the various editions of the Standard Catalog of World Coins and the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. Prior to joining KP, Cuhaj was employed by the American Numismatic Society and Stack's Rare Coins, both of New York City. He is a Fellow in both the Royal Numismatic Society and the American Numismatic Society. He also is a life member and past board member of the International Bank Note Society. Cuhaj was elected an Allied Professional Member of the National Sculpture Society and has had his medallic work exhibited internationally.

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