1723 Farth Hibernia PCGS AU58 CAC. Here is a near-Uncirculated 1723 Hibernia farthing. The piece has hard, light brown surfaces that show traces of original mint luster. The color attests to the coin’s originality. The surfaces are also clean for the grade, with no individually distracting abrasion marks or other problems. The strike is above average with full details on the legends on both sides and a strong portrait of King George. The CAC sticker tells us that the coin is a premium quality piece that fully merits the grade assigned.
The obverse shows a laureate head of King George facing right. He is surrounded by the legend GEORGIUS. DEI. GRATIA. REX. The reverse shows a seated female figure facing left with a harp. The legend is HIBERNIA with the date 1723.
The Hibernia coins were originally intended for use in Ireland; however, they were so resented by the populace that they were withdrawn and shipped to the American colonies, where they circulated along with currencies of many other countries. Denominations were struck in farthings and halfpennies, with dates of 1722, 1723, and 1724.
The Hibernia coins were designed by William Wood, a British hardware manufacturer and mint master. He also struck the Rosa Americana coins during the same period of time. One of the reasons for the Hibernia coins being so unpopular in Ireland was the publication of Jonathan Swift’s Drapier’s Letters.
In its population report, PCGS shows 37 1723 Hibernia farthings certified at the AU58 grade level. At CAC, as of August 2013, 4 have been confirmed in AU58 with 10 better.
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