The five shortlisted coin designs for European Flag issue in 2015

Euro Zone €2 commemorative design competition – VOTE NOW !

Are you one of these people that constantly moan about the ugly designs of the ‘new’ euro coins and banknotes? Well, this is your chance to help them (the European Central Bank) get it right ! In July 2015, the nineteen ‘full members’ of the Euro Zone area will jointly issue a commemorative euro coin…

2002-2006 Ireland €2, Type I reverse

O’Brien Coin Guide: Irish €2 Coins

The two euro coin (€2) is the highest value euro coin and has been used since the introduction of the euro (in its cash form) in 2002.  The coin dates from 2002, when euro coins and notes were introduced in the 12 member eurozone and its related territories. The common side was designed by Luc…

2002 Ireland €1, Type I reverse

O’Brien Coin Guide: Irish €1 Coins

The one euro coin (€1) is the new basic unit of currency for the Euro Zone – an area where a common currency (the Euro) is used.  This new economic area was implemented on 1st January 2002 when 12 national currencies of varying values were replaced with new coinage and banknotes.  The rates of exchange were…

The 2008 €100 gold coin (polar explorers) - the largest (28mm diameter) and heaviest (half ounce) Irish gold coin to date.

O’Brien Coin Guide: Irish Commemorative Euro Coins

Most of the coins listed below were struck as ‘proofs’ – the exception being the first of the series, the €5 Special Olympics coin.  This was a cupro-nickel coin and is available as BU mini-presentation folder.  In addition to this, all other coins were struck in either Sterling silver or gold and are issued in…