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UP DEV (N-103)

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Type Coin
Title UP DEV (N-103)
Date 1928
Country Eireann
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Denomination 1/2p
Description Eamon de Valera was a staunch Nationalist who fought in the 1916 Easter Rising. Although sentenced to death after the failure of the abortive revolt he was spared the firing squad. Later, he became a major political figure in Irish politics and served as president 1959-1973. He was often referred to as Dev or "The Long Fella" because of his height and spare frame. The coin is holed for suspension and was probably worn on a chain as a show of support. It was so heavily used that the hole has broken open. The reverse shows extreme pitting and damage and is probably related to the environment it inhabited. Interestingly, the legends on the stamped side have been neatly removed leaving only the image of the sow. A unique historical relic of the early years of the Irish Republic. The seller found this among a lot of coins bought for his coins and collectibles business on Fosse Rd. in Coleford. Purchased from Tianjaio Wu / Coleford, Gloucestershire, UK. (Jl. 20, 2020) ($6).

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