Irish Coin Daily: Morbiducci’s Irish Pattern Sixpence in Bronze (1927)

The Irish Coin Cabinet, The Old Currency Exchange, Coin Dealer, Dublin, Ireland

Date: 1927

1927 Morbiducci's Irish Sixpence (Bronze) Pattern

1927 Morbiducci’s Irish Sixpence (Bronze) Pattern


Saorstát Éireann (Irish Free State). Morbiducci Irish Sixpence Pattern (Prova / Proof) in Bronze. Privately commissioned by Publio Morbiducci and struck at Lorioli Castelli’s (Milan) mint for the Irish Coin Design Competition of 1927.

  • Diameter: 21 mm
  • Weight: 3.31 g


  • Brady, Gerard, “The Morbiducci Patterns, An Enquiry,” in NumCirc LXXXIV.6 (June 1976), p. 236-8, 28-31;
  • SCBC –;  D&F –;  cf. KM Pr5 (nickel)

Extremely Rare – Brady knew of only four specimens in bronze

  • Extremely Fine (EF), with some ‘spotting’ on the reverse


  • Large Irish Harp
  • Legend:
    • · Saorstát Éireann · (above)
    • 1927 (date below)
    • Prova (Italian for ‘proof’) to the right of the harp


  • Irish Wolfhound standing towards the left; head reverted
  • Legend:
    • · Reul · (Irish for ‘sixpence’) in exergue
    • Numeral ‘6’ below
    • P. MORBIDVCCI. (above wolfhound)


  • Ireland
    • Irish Free State


  • Modern Irish Coinage
    • Morbiducci Pattern (Prova/Proof)
    • 1927 Irish Coin Design Competition




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