Ronan Fitzpatrick of the Numismatic Society of Ireland submitted this information about a book the group published last year: Irish Tavern Tokens by Gerard Rice. Thank
The Numismatic Society of Ireland has received permission from Fr. Gerry Rice to publish a full colour and hardback edition of Irish Tavern Tokens . The 2013 edition is the
result of many years research based on the John Sweeney collection of tavern tokens which has been supplemented by tokens from other collections. The result is the most comprehensive publication of
Irish tavern tokens to date and it brings new dimensions to the study of this branch of numismatics. Following its softback publication in 2013 the book has become the definitive source for these
tokens and is cited by leading auction houses and researchers.
Irish Tavern Tokens is written for numismatists, be they collectors or students of the subject, and it illustrates 350 examples from a catalogue of over 400 Irish tavern tokens. Most
were struck by the company controlled by John Craig Parkes at the Coombe in Dublin. Individual tokens are fully described and are cross-referenced to other popular tavern token catalogues. When
known, the provenance of an individual token is listed. Each piece, including the issuing proprietor, has been carefully researched and recorded and where a ‘social context’ is understood, that too
is included, making the finished volume a comprehensive commentary on the licensed trade as evidenced by the tavern tokens of post-famine Dublin. For easy reference the book includes an index of
types, an index of places and an index of issuers.
The publication price of the book is €39.00 and it is being offered to the trade and bulk buyers at a discounted price of 3 for €90.00, 6 for €180 or 9 for €270. There is no VAT on books
Postage is available to any destination worldwide (at cost). All orders dispatched within 48 hours
This updated hardback colour edition of Irish Tavern Tokens was launched at the May 2017 meeting of the Numismatic Society of Ireland. Half of the print run was presold. Supplies are limited and
when they are gone, that’s it!
Full colour hardback; xii; 113p; 25cm; ISBN 978-0-902605-02-2 This special edition is hardbound in a black cover with silver foil lettering on front and spine. Printed on gloss paper.
RICE, G. (2017) Irish Tavern Tokens: The John Sweeney Collection supplemented by other collections, with a supplement by Garry Byrne, Numismatic Society of Ireland & National Museum of Ireland,
Collins Barracks, Dublin.
Irish Tavern Tokens is jointly published by the Numismatic Society of Ireland and The National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks and is recommended as an essential reference for
all Irish numismatics libraries
Since the first edition of the book was published, additional tavern tokens have come to light, mainly through auctions at eBay, Whyte’s and Dix Noonan Webb (DNW) and a very small number in
private collections. Some of these were published in the Numismatic Society of Ireland’s (NSI) Bulletin.
These new tokens are now combined with examples from Barry Woodside’s (BW) website of Tavern Tokens, where he uses Todd reference numbers, and are presented here as the First Supplement to the
The Supplement was written by Garry Byrne and is divided into two parts – Additions to the Catalogue and a Descriptions Supplement. In the Additions to the Catalogue new tokens not
listed originally in the catalogue are illustrated, numbered and described with information that is now available. New and additional details relating to tokens already listed in the catalogue are
presented in the Descriptions Supplement.
As noted, the book is priced at 39 euros plus packing and postage, and discounts are available for multiple copies. Please contact Gregory Carley at firstname.lastname@example.org
for ordering information. -Editor
To view Barry Woodside’s Tavern Tokens, see:
Wayne Homren, Editor
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