The political significance of the coinage of the Irish Free State

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Title: The political significance of the coinage of the Irish Free State
Authors: Mohr, Thomas
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/9457
Date: 21-Sep-2015
Abstract: This article examines the political and legal context of the new Irish coinage that was introduced in 1928. It attempts to illustrate how the coins of the Irish Free State were products of the political circumstances of their time. The article also analyses the political negotiations concerning the future of the large quantity of British coins that remained in circulation in the Irish Free State. The conclusion will argue that the Irish coins issued in 1928 were of considerable political importance as symbols of national identity visible to the general public on a daily basis. Symbols of this nature were of particular significance to the Irish Free State because its status as a sovereign state was open to legal dispute in the 1920s and 1930s. The Anglo Irish Treaty of 1921 made it clear that the Irish Free State was a Dominion of the British Empire. This article will argue that the political background to the introduction of the new Irish coins reflect wider controversies that dominated Irish constitutional politics and external relations in the years between the two world wars.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Journal: Irish Studies Review
Volume: 23
Issue: 4
Start page: 1
End page: 29
Copyright (published version): 2017 Taylor & Francis
Keywords: CoinageIrish Free StatePoliticalDominionReligionIrish language
DOI: 10.1080/09670882.2015.1087801
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Law Research Collection

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