Irish Coin Daily: Morbiducci’s Irish Pattern Threepence in Nickel (1927)


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

Date: 1927

1927 Morbiducci Threepence in Nickel

1927 Morbiducci Threepence in Nickel

Description:

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

  • Diameter: 17.75 mm
  • Weight: 3.25 g

References:

  • Brady, SNC June 1976, p.238, no.21, this coin
  • Not listed in any of the other catalogues; SCBC –;  D&F –;  KM –

Extremely Rare – only four specimens in Nickel

  • Uncirculated (Unc.), light stains, about as struck

Obverse:

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

Reverse:

  • Irish Hare seated upright right, looking back (to the left)
  • Legend:
    • · Leath Reul · (Irish for ‘half a sixpence’) in exergue
    • P. MORBIDVCCI (to the right of Hare)
    • The numeral ‘3’ in exergue

Sales History:

  • 1976
  • Privately acquired through his widow Nicoletta Olga Morbiducci in 1976
    • Price unknown
  • 2000
  • The Millennial Collection, Whtye´s Dublin, 29 April 2000, Lot 449 (part of)
    • Publio Morbiducci archive collection
    • Estimate: £2,000-£2,500
    • Hammer Price: £
  • 2011
  • Spink Auction 11024, London, Lot 255
    • Hammer Price: £3,600

Country:

  • Ireland
    • Irish Free State

Category:

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

 

 

 


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