O’Brien Coin Guide: Irish Euro 5c


The 5 cent euro coin (€0.05) has a value of one twentieth of a euro and is composed of copper-covered steel. The coin has been used since 2002 and was not redesigned in 2007 as was the case with the higher value coins.

2003 Ireland 5c coin

2003 Ireland 5c coin

Value 0.05 euro
Mass 3.92 g
Diameter 21.25 mm
Thickness 1.67 mm
Edge Smooth
Composition Copper-covered steel
Years of minting 2002–present

The coin dates from 2002, when euro coins and banknotes were introduced in the 12 member Euro Zone and its related overseas territories.

  • The common side was designed by Luc Luycx, a Belgian artist who won a Europe-wide competition to design the new coins.
  • The design of the 1 to 5 cent coins was intended to show the European Union’s (EU) place in the world (relative to Africa and Asia).

The Irish obverse design shows an Irish harp (the Cláirseach), the official state symbol.

  • Vertically on the left hand side is the word “Éire” and on the right hand side is the date.
  • The harp motif was designed by Jarlath Hayes.
Year 5c  
2002 456,245,848
2003   48,287,370
2004   80,314,322
2005   56,459,380
2006   88,018,370
2007 136,157,269
2008   61,844,008
2009   10,333,341
2010     1,023,881
2011     1,024,637
2012   30,000,000
2013   19,000,000
2014 **
2015 **

** Data not available yet

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