at 400 dots / inch
This coin is a pattern shilling prepared by Publio Morbiducci for submission to the contest for the coinage of the Irish free state in 1927.
This coin is struck in coin orientation and is in silver - Shillings also occur in medal orientation and in copper.
This coin is in Uncirculated condition - not surprising as it was never issued - however it has toned heavily and has some light handling marks.
Morbiducci produced patterns for six of the eight denominations (no halfpenny and no farthing) - these patterns occur in various metals (copper, silvered copper, nickle silver and silver).
As far as I am aware it has not been previously published that the shilling occurs in both coin and medal orientation. I noticed this a few years ago when I had an opportunity to examine three specimens together (not a regular occurrence!)
All of these patterns are rare - populations vary from a maximum of about 5 coins in a combination of metal and denomonation to unique combinations.
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