These coins, struck in the year 1760, were prepared by Roche, of King Street, Dublin, who was at that time engaged in the manufacture of buttons for the army. Like other Irish tokens, some could have found their way to colonial America and possibly circulated in the colonies with numerous other counterfeit halfpence and “bungtown tokens.”
There are two distinct issues. Coins from the first, with a “short bust” on the obverse, range in weight from 87 to 120 grains. Those from the second, with a “long bust” on the obverse, range in weight from 129 to 154 grains. Most of the “long bust” varieties have the letter P on the obverse. None of the “short bust” varieties bear the letter P, and judging from their weight, may have been contemporary counterfeits.