The Irish 'Barnyard Series' of coins features animals that were very important to Ireland's mainly agricultural economy.
The half-crown features a horse, specifically the Irish Hunter. While technically not an actual breed of horse, the Irish Hunter (aka Irish Horse) is traditionally used for all purposes including transportation and working the land. This design appeared on the first coinage of the Irish Free State in 1928 (KM8), and was struck in silver. The horse design was continued on this coin with a modified obverse (1939-1943), and was minted in copper-nickel from 1951 to 1967 (KM16a).
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