The Irish 'Barnyard Series' of coins features animals that were very important to Ireland's mainly agricultural economy.
The 3d coin features the Hare, an animal in the same family as -- but different from -- a rabbit. Like the Woodcock, the hare was an important game animal in rural Ireland. This design appeared on the first coinage of the Irish Free State in 1928 (KM4), and was carried over with a modified obverse on this issue from 1939 to 1968. It was originally struck in nickel (KM12), and switched to Copper-Nickel in 1942.
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