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


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

Date: 1927

1927 Morbiducci pattern (Prova) penny, only one example known to be struck in copper.

1927 Morbiducci pattern (Prova) penny, only one example known to be struck in copper.

Description:

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

References:

  • 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

  • Ex-Maj. A.W. Foster collection
  • Extremely Fine (EF)

Obverse:

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

Reverse:

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

Sales History:

  • Heritage Auctions, Auction 311 (10 January 2003), Lot: 12976
    • Estimate: US $5000-6000
    • Unsold

Country:

  • Ireland
    • Irish Free State

Category:

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

 

 

 


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