two and a half millenia of
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The Numismatic Society of Ireland (Northern Branch) first met in 1963 as a group of local enthusiasts and scholars to share their interest in the history and art of world coinage. For over 50 years our Society has been promoting the hobby and the study of coins locally and across Ireland and the UK. We meet regularly to exchange news, display recent acquisitions and raise awareness of emerging market trends, discoveries and opportunities. JOIN US to find out for yourself the joy and challenge of coin collecting and studying! Young members with an interest in coins and medals are particularly welcome, and will benefit a lot from our expertise and support! 

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Avail yourself of our immense expertise by submitting photographs of both sides of your unidentified coin, medal or token, ideally alongside a ruler, to get full details on what it is and some useful references. We DO NOT BUY OR SELL COINS, neither do we provide grading and evaluation services, but you can always contact COIN DEALERS in Belfast who will be happy to advise on the value and market prices. 

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Sihtric Silkenbeard was King of Dublin in 989–1036. He was the first of Norse-Gaelic kings to strike coins in Ireland in ca. 995. His long reign was full of savagery and conflicts. In 1028 he made a pilgrimage to Rome. The hook-shaped symbol at the back of the portrait on this coin may represent bishop's crozier, marking the foundation of the bishopric of Dublin. Could otherwise it be a broken Viking sword in memory of his son and only heir Olaf slayed in 1034? (Member Collections NSI-NB)