Irish Coin Daily: Ireland Special €2 commemorative (10th Anniversary of the EMU and the Birth of the Euro) 2009


The Irish Coin Cabinet, The Old Currency Exchange, Coin Dealer, Dublin, Ireland

Date: 2009

2009 Ireland - Special €2 commemorative coin (10th anniversary of the EMU and the birth of the euro)

2009 Ireland – Special €2 commemorative coin (10th anniversary of the EMU and the birth of the euro)

Description:

The coin shows a stick figure which merges into the € symbol. It seeks to convey the idea of the single currency and, by extension, Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) being the latest step in Europe’s long history of trade and economic integration.

The design was chosen out of a shortlist of five by members of the public across the European Union voting online. It was created by George Stamatopoulos, a sculptor from the Minting department at the Bank of Greece.

Bimetallic (Nk/Ng)

  • Outer Ring:
    • Cupro-nickel (75% copper – 25% nickel clad on nickel core)
  • Centre:
    • Nickel brass (75% copper – 20% zinc – 5% nickel)
  • Diameter: 25.75 mm
  • Thickness: 2.2 mm
  • Weight: 8.5 g

Mintage: 3,812,908 pieces

  • Issue date: 1 January 2009

Obverse:

  • A stick figure which merges into the € symbol
  • Twelve large stars in the outer ring reflecting the 12 stars of the European Union flag
    • Legend:
      • EIRE
      • AEA (Aontas Eacnamaíochta Airgeadaíochta)

Reverse:

  • Designed by Luc Luycx and displays a map of Europe, not including Iceland and cutting off, in a semi-circle, at the Bosporus, north through the middle of Ukraine and Belarus and through northern Scandinavia.
    • Cyprus is located further west than it should be
    • Malta is shown disproportionally large so it appears on the map
    • The map has numerous indentations giving an appearance of geography rather than a flat design. Six fine lines cut across the map except where there is landmass and have a small star at each end – reflecting the twelve stars on the flag of Europe
  • Across the map is the word EURO
  • A large number 2 appears to the left hand side of the coin
  • The designer’s initials, LL, appear next to Cyprus

Edge:

Ireland - Special €2 commemorative coin (incuse edge design)

Ireland – Special €2 commemorative coin (incuse edge design)         2 ** 2 ** 2 ** 2 ** 2 ** 2 **

  • Fine milled
  • Edge lettering
    • Combination of the number 2 and ** repeated six times

 


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