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NO / POPE / HERE (L-90)

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Type Coin
Title NO / POPE / HERE (L-90)
Date 1969
Country Eire
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Denomination 10p
Description This coin and others from this seller with this slogan and others appear to have been struck by the same person or group. All were acquired by the seller from a car boot in the summer of 2018. They were mixed together with about a hundred or so other non counterstamped coins in a tin, most being old copper English Pennies and Half Pennies. The style and size of the letters and the place of application is nearly the same on all. One small variation lies in the use of a ?Q? punch in place of the ?O? on but two examples. A mistake, perhaps. This example has been harshly polished and has an unnatural appearance. It seems likely that the entire group was struck in the late 1970's to the early 1980 's. Instead of distributing the coins they were abandoned for what ever reason. The seller told me that these ?No Pope Here? and ?No Pope? coins were commonly issued before Pope John Paul ll's visit to Ireland in 1979. The older counterstamped coins may have been made for souvenirs. In any case, on close examination all appear to be legitimate. Purchased from Philomena Lipinski / Hull, E. Yorkshire, UK. (Jn. 4, 2019) ($8).

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