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…

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…

O’Brien Coin Guide: Irish Commemorative €2 coins

Rules regarding the issue of €2 commemorative coins Thus far, the Central Bank of Ireland has resisted the urge to ‘optionally’ issue commemorative €2 coins as per their statutory allowance.  This is not true of many of our continental cousins in the Euro Zone who, it seems, have taken up their options with increasing zeal…