A submission for the Millennium Irish Pound Coin Design. The design motif comprises two elements - a flower (wild iris) to remind us of the fragile ecology of our plant and a spiral - referring to our Celtic past and the whirling continuum of time.

Review: Central Bank of Ireland Archive Reading Room

Upon hearing the news that “The Central Bank of Ireland has opened its archives to the public” I just had to book an appointment for a quick, initial visit … and I was not disappointed ! The Central Bank of Ireland has employed a professional archivist and the fruits of this investment can be seen…


Review: Central Bank of Ireland Visitor Centre

The Central Bank of Ireland moved from its old HQ in Dame Street, Dublin to a new premises in North Wall Quay earlier this year. One of the exciting features (for coin and banknote collectors) is their new Visitor Centre. It has wheelchair ramps and it very family friendly, with plenty of room to amble…

Ireland 1966 ten shilling commemorative coin - inscribed "Éirí Amach na Cásca 1916", which translates as "1916 Easter Rising" on the edge.

O’Brien Coin Guide: Irish Pre-Decimal Ten Shillings

Introduction In 1926, the Minister for Finance set up a special committee of persons with artistic knowledge to advise on the designs and he chose Senator W. B. Yeats to chair it. At the first meeting of the committee, on the 17th June 1926, Joseph Brennan (at that time Secretary to the Department of Finance and later Chairman…