Irish Euro Coins

Introduction

This webpage is intended as a catalogue and image library of Irish euro coins, i.e. from when we joined the European Exchange Rate Mechanism on 30th March, 1979 and after 2002 when we joined the Euro Zone.

Ireland - Euro coins. The Old Currency Exchange is Ireland's leading retailer for collectible banknotes, coins and tokens. best good shop for Irish coins and banknotes, Dublin, Ireland

The first Irish euro coins were introduced into circulation on 1st January 2002

  • In the 1970s, the European Monetary System was introduced
    • Ireland decided to join it in 1978, while the United Kingdom stayed out
  • The European Exchange Rate Mechanism finally broke the one-for-one link that existed between the Irish pound and the pound sterling; in 1979 an exchange rate was introduced
    • This period also saw the creation of the Currency Centre at Sandyford in 1978 so that banknotes and coinage could be manufactured within the state
      • Prior to this, all Irish banknotes were printed by specialist commercial printers in England
      • Our coins, up to this point, were also produced by the British Royal Mint

By way of illustrating what we buy and sell, please link to our Pinterest image pages and/or read the relevant blog posts on Irish numismatic topics.

  • All of the hyperlinks (in blue) link to a Pinterest image gallery, unless otherwise stated,
    • e.g. Blog Post, Coin Guide or Rare Coin Review
    • This website is updated on a frequent basis, so do please ‘re-visit’ as often as you can.

Ireland & The Single European Currency

  • Preparations for a Single Currency

    • O’Brien Coin Guide: Official Irish ECU and Euro Commemorative Coins / Proofs  – coming soon !
    • O’Brien Coin Guide: Unofficial ECU Patterns  – coming soon !
2015 €15 Silver Proof coin, 150th anniversary of the birth of William Butler Yeats, the Irish poet and Nobel Laureate

2015 €15 Silver Proof coin, 150th anniversary of the birth of William Butler Yeats, the Irish poet and Nobel Laureate

Other Euro Zone Coins

In preparation for the launch, in January 2002, some countries began minting coins as far back as 1999, thus they date their coins from this year forward.  Greece, on the other hand, joined very late and in order to produce sufficient coins, they sub-contracted production to other European mints.

  • Thus, if there is no mint mark, the coins were produced in Greece by the Greek Mint, and those with a mint mark were produced elsewhere: Finland (S), France (F) and Spain (E).
  • Five different mints produced coins for Germany: A: Berlin, D: Munich, F: Stuttgart, G: Karlsruhe and J: Hamburg
Euro Zone ‘Foundation’ States (ECB pages) Pre-Euro Coins Previous Coin Set(s)
Austria (2002 to date)  Austria (pre-Euro coin set)
Belgium (1999 to date)  Belgium (pre-Euro coin set)
Finland (1999 to date)  Finland (pre-Euro coin set)
France (1999 to date)  France (pre-Euro coin set)
Germany (2002 to date)  Germany (pre-Euro coin set)
Greece (2002 to date)  Greece (pre-Euro coin set)
Ireland (2002 to date) 1990-2000 (Pre-Euro set)     1969-85 (Decimal set) 1928-1969 (Pre-Decimal)
Italy (2002 to date)  Italy (pre-Euro coin set)
Luxembourg (2002 to date)  Luxembourg (pre-Euro coin set)
Netherlands (1999 to date)  Netherlands (pre-Euro coin set)
Portugal (2002 to date)  Portugal (pre-Euro coin set)
Spain (1999 to date)  Spain (pre-Euro coin set)

The 2004 enlargement of the European Union was the largest single expansion of the European Union (EU), in terms of territory, number of states, and population; however, it was not the largest in terms of gross domestic product. It occurred on 1 May 2004. The simultaneous accessions concerned the following countries, sometimes referred to as the “A10” countries: Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia.

  • Seven of these were part of the former Eastern Bloc(of which three were from the former Soviet Union
  • Four were members of the Visegrad Group), one of the former Yugoslavia (together sometimes referred to as the “A8” countries)
  • The remaining two were Mediterranean islands and former British colonies.
  • Part of the same wave of enlargement was the accession of Bulgaria and Romania in 2007, who were unable to join in 2004, but, according to the Commission, constitute part of the fifth enlargement.

On 1st January 2007, the first of these ‘accession countries’ joined the Euro Zone, i.e. Slovenia.

Euro Zone ‘Accession’ States Pre-Euro Coins Previous Coin Set(s)
Slovenia (2007 to date)  Slovenia (pre-Euro coin set)
Cyprus (2008 to date)  Cyprus (pre-Euro coin set)  Cyprus (pre-Decimal coin set)
Malta (2008 to date)  Malta (pre-Euro coin set)  Malta (pre-Decimal coin set)
Slovakia (2009 to date)  Slovakia (pre-Euro coin set)
Estonia (2011 to date)  Estonia (pre-Euro coin set)
Latvia (2014 to date)  Latvia (pre-Euro coin set)
Lithuania (2015 to date)  Lithuania (pre-Euro coin set)
The 5 designs 'shortlusted' for 2015 - The Old Currency Exchange is Ireland's leading retailer for collectible banknotes, coins and tokens. best good shop for Irish coins and banknotes, Dublin, Ireland

The 5 designs ‘shortlisted’ for 2015 – you can vote for your favourite (closing date – May 27)

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old.currency.exchange@gmail.com

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