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There is not a lot of data to support the prices I have supplied.Irish coins, particularly from before about 1948 or so, are very scarce in this grade and higher.The rarest coins in the world and the most expensive coins are not the same.
There is a proliferation of other grading agencies whose output is in my opinion is the equivalent of putting a label on a coin saying 'don't buy me'.
Uncirculated or better), with the exception of the first year of issue, 1928 which is generally common.
However it is the three silver denominations which are particularly scarce for dates between 19.
At the moment (Jan 2001) the most expensive coin (in terms of realised auction value) is the US 1804 Dollar which sold last year for just over ,000,000.00. Since I wrote this the only 1933 US double eagle has exceeded this price, but the comparison with the Irish coins is still valid.
An Irish halfpenny of Edward III of which only two examples are known sold at about the same time for about ,000 and and Irish penny of Henry VII again one of two known examples sold for 0.
Clearly as the better agencies have a more uniform approach, even if it seems to be slowly moving upwards over time, there is now a premium attaching to a grade from a better agency, or perhaps better expressed from the point of European grading as having a smaller grade discount than some of the less reputable agencies.