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…

1920 (21 January) $25 Republic of Ireland Bond No. 7132 Signed De Valera. The Old Currency Exchange, Dublin, Ireland.

Dáil Éireann Bond Certificates: 1st Series, $25 (21 January 1920)

Dáil Éireann Bond Certificates Within days of being appointed Minister for Finance in 1919 Collins set about raising the funds necessary if Dáil Éireann was to fulfill its stated ambition of providing an alternative government to the British one that was operating from Dublin Castle. He announced a loan issue on behalf of the Dáil.…

1920 (21 January) $10 Republic of Ireland Bond No 78298 signed by de Valera. The Old Currency Exchange, Dublin, Ireland.

Dáil Éireann Bond Certificates: 1st Series, $10 (21 January 1920)

Dáil Éireann Bond Certificates Within days of being appointed Minister for Finance in 1919 Collins set about raising the funds necessary if Dáil Éireann was to fulfill its stated ambition of providing an alternative government to the British one that was operating from Dublin Castle. He announced a loan issue on behalf of the Dáil.…