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Irish Free State Coinage Design--6 Reul

1927 Paul Manship Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966 bronze 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist 1965.16.69 Not currently on view


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In 1926, Paul Manship was selected to participate in an international competition to design the coinage of the Irish Free State. Dublin-born poet William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) had proposed a general motif of animals associated with Irish life, including a hen, ram, salmon, hare, wolfhound, wood duck, harp, and bull’s head. Manship lost the competition to English sculptor Percy Metcalf, but graciously acknowledged that, had he been on the jury, he would have made the same decision. Manship’s design here is for the reul, the Irish sixpence coin.

Keywords

Animal - dog - wolfhound

Object - other - money

sculpture - medal-sample

metal - bronze

cast

About Paul Manship

Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966

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