at 400 dots / inch
This coin is a proof Irish threepence - struck at the British Royal Mint in 1946.
With the exception of the 1928 proofs (of which 6,001 (+50) sets were made) and the proof 1966 10 shillings (of which 20,000 were made) Irish pre-decimal proofs are scarce.
It is important to distinguish between a proof striking and a high quality circulation strike - the frosted devices, mirror fields and the sharply defined edge are characteristics of the proof coins.
This example is in slightly impaired proof condition - There are some light handling marks in the fields.
Proof coins tend to be of little consequence if they have inadvertently slipped into circulation and been worn or damaged. In most cases an Irish proof coin of this series would become indistinguishable from a circulation striking after a very short time in circulation.
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