An 18th century prototype coin, one of just 14 known examples, topped the lots at the Long Beach Expo.
Guinness St Patrick’s Day countdown clocks are clocks produced by the Shamrock Gift Company on behalf of the Guinness brand of Irish Stout. They are used to count down the days, hours, minutes and seconds to the Irish celebration of St Patrick’s Day.
Background and Description
Guinness produced just 200 of these clocks. They were sent out to deserving Irish pubs and restaurants.
They are electric with lithium batteries, LED display running backwards with days, hours, minutes and seconds,
Collecting Guinness St Patrick’s Day countdown clocks
These items are quite rare. They are still in use by Irish pubs who re-set them and continue to use them each year. People who collect Guinness memorabilia may consider them essential to a collection, yet they are rarely available.
If one was to be sold, it would generally be through an auction website such as eBay, or if lucky, at a flea market, car boot sale or second hand store.
A Guinness St Patrick’s Day countdown clock sold on eBay for $50 in 2012. However, this is not to say they are not worth more as people become aware of their rarity and collectibility.
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