But not always.
Pre-decimal coins of the Irish pound, like the sixpenny, sometimes depicted animals, and five of the early coins designed by Publio Morbiducci showed an Irish Wolfhound looking over his back. These coins are quite valuable (estimated to be worth several thousand euro) and remain in the hands of collectors. It’s said that they were never put into circulation.
The general design of another sixpenny coin was created by Percy Metcalfe, an English artist, sculptor and designer best known his coin designs. A panel selected his design (seen at the top) from entries submitted by sculptors invited to create designs for the new Irish Free State’s coinage. The stipulation was that design of the sixpence feature an Irish Wolfhound.
Metcalfe used as his model for the coin the Wolfhound, Int Ch Finbarr Boroimhe, a dog bred by C. E. Donnelly and born in 1925. Finbarr was out of CH Patrick Of Ifold x Jilldon, and would come to be owned by Thomas W. Corcoran ((Clontarf), founder of the Irish Wolfhound Club of Ireland. Curiously, the club’s current website does not mention Corcoran in its page on the club’s history, but Corcoran’s name is found on other sites, including one page that reported the following:
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2 thoughts on “The Wolfhound on the Sixpenny”
Interesting that both coin artists carried the initials PM, appearing on the 6p coin below Finbarr’s hind feet
A coincidence that both artists’ ‘initials were PM?