Irish Free State Coinage Design--2 Floirin

  • Paul Manship, Irish Free State Coinage Design--2 Floirin, 1927, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 1965.16.67

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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 flóirín, which is Irish for “florin,” or two shillings.

Title
Irish Free State Coinage Design--2 Floirin
Artist
Date
1927
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm) diam.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the artist

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – fish – salmon
  • Object – other – money
  • Object – foliage
Object Number
1965.16.67
Palette
Linked Open Data
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