- Issued by: The Central Bank of Ireland
- Issue Date: 1st September 2017.
- Issue Limit: 6,000 pieces
- Designer: Antonella Naplione (Italy)
- Proof strike
- Sterling Silver 0.925 fine
- Weight: 28.28 g
- Diameter: 38.61 mm
Charles Parsons was born in 1854 and spent most of his childhood at Birr Castle, Co Offaly, his family’s estate. As a child, he was tutored by prominent scientist Robert Ball and later attended Trinity College Dublin and St. John’s College, Cambridge. Parsons’ invention of the steam turbine engine in 1884 was a major breakthrough in electrical engineering and power generation.
Later applying this work to marine propulsion, Parsons’ steam turbines revolutionized marine transportation by increasing both the speed and efficiency of sea-faring vessels. He received many honours in recognition of his engineering genius, including election to the Royal Society in 1898 and a knighthood in 1911.
- He died in 1931.
The coin design, by Antonella Napolione, features a portrait of the engineer with an early model of his steam turbine engine, encircled by an inscription and a representation of turbine blades.
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