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Irish euro coins

Obverse side of the Irish one euro coin

Irish euro coins all share the same design by Jarlath Hayes, that of the harp, a traditional symbol for Ireland since the Middle Ages, based on that of the Brian Boru harp, housed in Trinity College, Dublin. The same harp is used as on the official seals of the Taoiseach, and government ministers and the Seal of the President of Ireland. The coins' design also features the 12 stars of the EU, the year of minting and the Irish name for Ireland, "Éire", in a traditional Gaelic script.

As 1c and 2c coins are of comparatively low value, a National Payments Plan prepared by the Central Bank of Ireland approved by the Government in April 2013 plans "to trial the use of a rounding convention in a pilot project in a mid-size Irish town", with the 1c and 2c no longer being minted while remaining legal tender.[1]

Irish euro design

For images of the common side and a detailed description of the coins, see euro coins

All Irish euro coins bear the same design on their obverse side: a Celtic harp surrounded by the words "éire" (Irish for Ireland) in Gaelic script, which in turn is surrounded by the 12 stars of the flag of Europe. On the one euro coin the stars appear on the gold coloured surround with the harp and words in the silver coloured centre. The colours are in the reverse for the two euro coin.

National Identifier "éıʀe"
Mint Mark None
Engravers Initials None
€2 Edge inscription

Circulating Mintage quantities

Face Value[2] €0.01 €0.02 €0.05 €0.10 €0.20 €0.50 €1.00 €2.00 €2.00 Comm
2002 404,314,788 354,618,386 456,245,848 275,888,284 234,550,562 144,119,592 135,114,737 90,563,110 *
2003 77,837,182 177,225,034 48,287,370 133,750,907 57,077,221 11,747,326 2,455,700 2,566,076 *
2004 174,793,634 142,964,694 80,314,322 36,732,778 32,381,447 6,709,312 1,592,990 3,698,186 *
2005 126,969,391 72,549,884 56,459,380 7,097,786 40,444,062 17,258,568 6,774,777 13,077,599 *
2006 111,166,861 26,588,597 88,018,370 9,679,229 10,377,229 7,479,651 4,038,722 5,421,340 *
2007 163,748,944 200,887,066 136,157,269 79,388,096 34.489.488 8,702,160 3,942,582 7,615,260
2008 59,002,134 42,116,152 61,844,008 53,997,990 45,990,533 1,122,371 2,579,757 5,792,003 *
2009 52,245,218 20,421,876 10,333,341 10,850,328 4,279,307 1,866,011 3,314,828 103,507
2010 4,948,911 3,496,511 1,023,881 1,078,313 1,027,059 1,173,242 1,082,716 1,448,746 *
2011 895,708 4,224,772 969,937 358,837 1,119,368 1,039,753 1,038,865 998,971
2012 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** *

* No coins were minted that year for that denomination
** Data not available yet
*** Small quantities minted for sets only

Commemorative coins

Limited release in 2010, featuring an Irish hunter horse and foal.[3]

Limited release in 2011, featuring a Salmon and smolt.

Limited release in 2012, featuring an Irish wolfhound and pup.

See also


  1. ^ "Written Answers 23960/13: Euro Coins Production". Dáil debates (Oireachtas). Unrevised: 57. 21 May 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Circulating Mintage quantities". Henning Agt. Retrieved 19 August 2008. 
  3. ^ Limited €15 coin released. RTÉ. 17 October 2010.

External links

  • The Euro Information Website – Ireland
  • euroHOBBY Ireland
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