Irish Free State Coinage Design--3 Leath Reul

  • Paul Manship, Irish Free State Coinage Design--3 Leath Reul, 1927, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 1965.16.71

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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 leath reul, the Irish threepence coin.

Title
Irish Free State Coinage Design--3 Leath Reul
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 – rabbit
  • Object – other – money
Object Number
1965.16.71
Palette
Linked Open Data
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