1927 Morbiducci's Irish Sixpence (Bronze) Pattern

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

Date: 1927 Description: Saorstát Éireann (Irish Free State). Morbiducci Irish Sixpence Pattern (Prova / Proof) in Bronze. 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: 3.31 g References: Brady, Gerard, “The Morbiducci Patterns, An Enquiry,” in NumCirc LXXXIV.6 (June…

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…

Two Bronze Age axe heads, Viking strap-end and twisted ring were illegally excavated

Irish Numismatics & Archaeology: A way forward from the impasse in the metal detecting debate?

Two and a half years ago I wrote an article designed to generate discussion on whether (or not) Irish metal-detectorists were saints or sinners. I had hoped to get more opinions from the professionals involved in Irish archaeology – from both sides of the border – but they have remained quiet. An uneasy three-way ‘stand-off’…