1927 Morbiducci pattern, penny (silver). Rare Irish coins - only 3 known. The Old Currency Exchange, Dublin, Ireland. Irish coin dealer. Banknotes, Tokens. Irish coin cabinet. ,

Irish Coin Daily: 1927 Pattern Penny (in Silver) by Publio Morbiducci

Date: 1927 Description: Country: Ireland Category: Irish Free State / Saorstát Éireann Pattern Notes: This is a ‘pattern’ coin entered by the Roman sculptor Publio Morbiducci (1889-1963) for the competition to design Ireland’s new money in 1928. Although unsuccessful, Morbiducci’s designs are considered to be some of the finest in terms of their classical Italianate…

Duke of Ormonde’s gold coinage of 1646-7, Pistole, Dublin, undated, stamped 4dwt 7grs both sides

Difficulties in grading old coins

For many collectors the topic of coin grading is a vexing one – it often seems so subjective and inconsistent. Of course, the most common and obvious targets for their ire are the dealers and auctioneers who, by way of describing their wares, are forced to commit their opinions of grade to paper. No ‘absolute’…

Ireland 1966 ten shilling commemorative coin - inscribed "Éirí Amach na Cásca 1916", which translates as "1916 Easter Rising" on the edge.

O’Brien Coin Guide: Irish Pre-Decimal Ten Shillings

Introduction In 1926, the Minister for Finance set up a special committee of persons with artistic knowledge to advise on the designs and he chose Senator W. B. Yeats to chair it. At the first meeting of the committee, on the 17th June 1926, Joseph Brennan (at that time Secretary to the Department of Finance and later Chairman…