Irish Coin Daily: Morbiducci’s Irish Pattern Penny in Copper-Aluminium (1927)

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

Date: 1927

1927 Morbiducci's Irish pattern, penny (Copper-Aluminium)

1927 Morbiducci’s Irish pattern, penny (Copper-Aluminium)


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

  • Diameter:  31 mm
  • Weight:  ? g


  • Not listed in any of the catalogues
  • Unknown to Brady when he was researching for his article

Extremely Rare – only ONE specimen recorded in Copper-Aluminium

  • Extremely Fine (EF)


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


  • Hen & Chicks (beneath), standing towards the left
  • Legend:
    • · Pingin · (Irish for ‘penny’) above
    • Numeral ‘1’ above
    • P. MORBIDVCCI. (beneath the Hen & Chicks)

Sales History:

  • Vendor: Numisor SA (Online Auction #4)
    • Date: 28 January 2016
    • Lot number: 409
    • Price realized: 4,400 CHF (Approx. 4,325 USD / 3,979 EUR)


  • Ireland
    • Irish Free State


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




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