Four (of the nine) reverse design plaster models, produced by Percy Metcalfe for the 1927 Irish Coin Design Competition.

O’Brien Coin Guide: Percy Metcalfe’s Irish Coin Designs (1927)

Introduction: In 1922 Ireland won its independence from Britain and, after the initial distraction of a civil war, the country began to move on and set about its primary task of nation-building. The process that followed was difficult and divisive and one of the things deemed essential for the new state was its own currency.…

Morbiducci Irish Pattern Coin Set (obv + rev) - one of each coin type.

O’Brien Coin Guide: Alloy Varieties of the Morbiducci Proof/Patterns (1927)

Introduction: When he entered the Irish Coin Design competition of 1927, Publio Morbiducci put forward eight reverse designs: namely a farthing, halfpenny (sheep/ram), penny, threepence, sixpence, shilling, florin and halfcrown design. To date, no pattern / proof farthings or halfpennies have been found As such, there are only 6 coins in the basic set to…