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


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

Date: 1927

1927 Morbiducci Patter (Prova / Proof) Sixpence, in Copper.

1927 Morbiducci Pattern (Prova / Proof) Sixpence, in Copper.

Description:

Saorstát Éireann (Irish Free State). Morbiducci Irish Sixpence Pattern (Prova / Proof) in Copper. 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: 3.58 g

References:

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

Extremely Rare – Brady knew of only four specimens in copper

Obverse:

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

Reverse:

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

Sales History:

  • Heritage World Coin Auctions, NYINC Signature Sale 3051, Lot Number:
    • 8-9 January, 2017
    • Estimate:
      • $4,000 US
    • Hammer Price:
      • $5,000 US
  • Dixon Noonan & Webb, London, Lot Number: 552
    • 7th December, 2011
    • Estimate:
      • £2,000 – £2,500
    • Hammer Price:
      • £4,600

Country:

  • Ireland
    • Irish Free State

Category:

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

 

 

 


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