O’Brien Coin Guide: Irish Euro Proof Sets


These sets are similar to the coins that circulate but are struck on specially produced, highly polished flans (also known as blanks, or planchets).  The Central Bank of Ireland has maintained their conservative approach to the issue of proof sets and, to date, only four sets have been made available for collectors to purchase.

  • The first proof set, in 2006, contained 8 coins in a long format presentation case.
  • The next three proof sets, contained 9 coins in a rectangular presentation case
    • These three sets included the special €2 commemorative coin from each respective year
Year & Description Reason for Issue # of Coins in Set Mintage
2006 proof set in display capsules and black leather display case, with black velvet lining. First Irish proof Euro set 8 5,000
2007 proof set in display capsules and blue leather display case, with dark blue velvet lining. Treaty of Rome 9 10,000
2009 proof set in display capsules and dark green leather display case, with black velvet lining. 10th anniversary of Economic and Monetary Union 9 5,000
2012 proof set in display capsules and blue leather display case, with blue velvet lining. 10th anniversary of the Euro Currency 9 5,000

Some of these sets are still available to purchase from The Central Bank of Ireland – see links below.

2006

Proof set of 8 coins in display capsules and black leather display case, with black velvet lining.  Black Central Bank presentation box and numbered Central Bank certificate of authenticity.

  • Limited edition: 5,000 sets
  • This item is no longer available from The Central Bank of Ireland
Ireland 2006 Euro Coins - Proof Set of 8 coins and Ireland's first proof set since joining the Euro Zone in 2002

Ireland 2006 Euro Coins – Proof Set of 8 coins and Ireland’s first proof set since joining the Euro Zone in 2002

2007

Proof set of 9 coins in display capsules and blue leather display case, with dark blue velvet lining.  Blue Central Bank presentation box and numbered Central Bank certificate of authenticity.

  • Includes the special €2 coin commemorating the Treaty of Rome (signed in 1957)
  • Limited edition: 10,000 sets
  • This item is still available from The Central Bank of Ireland @ €80 + P&P
Ireland 2007 Proof Euro Coin - Set of nine coins, incl. 2007 Treaty of Rome €2 commemorative

Ireland 2007 Proof Euro Coin – Set of nine coins, incl. 2007 Treaty of Rome €2 commemorative

2009

Proof set of 9 coins in display capsules and dark green leather display case, with black velvet lining.  Blue Central Bank presentation box and numbered Central Bank certificate of authenticity.

  • Includes the special €2 coin commemorating the 10th anniversary of Economic and Monetary Union (1999)
  • Limited edition: 5,000 sets
  • This item is still available from The Central Bank of Ireland @ €80 + P&P.
Ireland 2009 Proof Coin Euro Set

Ireland 2009 Proof Euro Coin – Set of 9 coins, incl. special €2 commemorative celebrating 10th anniversary of Economic and Monetary Union

2012

Proof set of 9 coins in display capsules and blue leather display case, with blue velvet lining.  Blue Central Bank presentation box and numbered Central Bank certificate of authenticity.

  • Includes the special €2 coin commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Euro Currency (2002)
  • Limited edition: 5,000 sets
  • This item is still available from The Central Bank of Ireland @ €70 + P&P
Ireland 2012 Proof Coin Set - 9 coins, incl. special €2 commemorating ten years of the Euro Currency

Ireland 2012 Proof Coin Set – 9 coins, incl. special €2 commemorating ten years of the Euro Currency

2015

Proof set of 9 coins in display capsules and green leather display case, with navy velvet lining.  Green Central Bank presentation box and numbered Central Bank certificate of authenticity.

  • Includes the special €2 coin commemorating the (2015)
  • Limited edition: 4,000 sets
  • This item is no longer available from The Central Bank of Ireland
2015 Proof set (30 years of the EU flag).jpg

2015 Proof set (30 years of the EU flag)

2016

Proof set of 9 coins in display capsules and green leather display case, with black velvet lining.  Dark green Central Bank presentation box and numbered Central Bank certificate of authenticity.

  • Includes the special €2 coin commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising (2016)
  • Limited edition: 4,000 sets
  • This item is still available from The Central Bank of Ireland @ €80 + P&P
Ireland 2016 Proof set case open_lr

Ireland 2016 Proof Set – 9 coins, incl. special €2 commemorating 1916 Easter Rising

 

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