Irish Coin News

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2017

18 September

Cork Stamp & Coin Exhibition

01 September

Exiting times ahead for students of Irish Numismatic History, as the Central Bank of Ireland opens its archives.

The bank says the archives can now be used for public research purposes for the first time. They include a range of materials created and acquired by the bank – such as objects, documents and ledgers dating from 1786 to 1986.

For more info, click this link

18-19 February

Irish International Coin Fair at the RDS, Dublin

  • Saturday & Sunday
  • Doors open at 11.00am
  • Hall3, RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Issue date yet to be announced

2017 €15 Silver Proof Coin (Charles Algernon Parsons)

  • Sir Charles Algernon Parsons (1854-1931)
    • Youngest son of the famous astronomer William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse
    • Parsons was home-schooled in Birr by private tutors, and later read mathematics at Trinity College, Dublin & St. John’s College, Cambridge
    • In 1919, his wife (Katharine) and daughter (Rachel) co-founded the Women’s Engineering Society, which is still in existence today
    • Parsons was an Electrical Engineer and is best known for
      • Parsons Steam Power Turbine ( a forerunner of turbo-electric generators)
      • He set up the Newcastle and District Electric Lighting Company
      • He also founded the Parsons Marine Steam Turbine Company

2016

30 November

2016 €10 Silver Proof Coin (Eileen Gray) 

  • €10 Silver Proof Coin
    • This 2016 proof silver coin has an issue limit of 6,000 pieces
      • Diameter = 38.61mm
      • Weight = 28.28g
      • The coin is struck in .925 Sterling Silver
2016 Ireland €10 silver proof coin (Eileen Gray)

2016 Ireland €10 silver proof coin (Eileen Gray)

  • The 2016 €10 silver proof coin is the first in a new five-year Europa Star silver coin programme commemorating the ‘Ages of Europe’.
    • The 2016 theme is ‘Modern 20th Century Europe’ and is inspired by the architectural designs as featured on the €500 banknote.
    • This coin is also the Central Bank of Ireland’s first collector coin to commemorate the achievements of an Irish woman.
  • Eileen Gray was born in Enniscorthy in 1878 but lived the majority of her life in France. She became a pre-eminent figure within the Modernist movement and was initially acclaimed for her work with lacquer.
    • Her notable later works include the modernist villa E-1027, the accompanying ‘E-1027 table’ and her armchair ‘Fauteuil aux dragons’, which sold at auction in 2009 for €22m. Gray’s designs were often praised for their functionality in addition to their aesthetic form.
    • Gray lived to see a resurgence of interest in her work in the 1970s and her famous Brick Screen has become an icon of modernist design.
  • This silver proof coin was designed by Sandra Deiana.
    • Sandra says she was ‘immediately struck by the idea of designing a coin to pay tribute to a female artist who worked in a period when it was still difficult to succeed in the world of work, especially in the arts […]  
    • I wanted to emphasize Gray’s great contribution to the “International Style” of twentieth century Europe […]
    • Among her many works, I find “Screen” to be emblematic of her entire artistic career and therefore ideally represents the best of her artistic potential‘.

21-23 October

Irish Autumn Coin Fair

  • Friday – Sunday, 11am to 6pm
  • Irish International Convention & Exhibition Centre
  • RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin

1 June

At last … a fully illustrated book on Irish hammered coinage!

  • The Irish Coinage of Henry III (Dublin Mint), by Gerry Slevin
  • Superb narrative, profusely illustrated and clearly explains how to identify the eight distinctive classes of Henry III’s Irish silver pennies.
    • Adds to our understanding of the Dublin Mint, the Dublin Dies and the methodology behind the classification of the Irish coinage of Henry III
    • Henry III coins frequently turn up at auction and are, in my opinion, a great introduction to Irish hammered coins for a novice collector.
    •  This book is a “must have” for all Irish coin collectors

Market Research Project 2016

4 April

2016 Gold and Silver Coins

Silver and gold commemorative proof coins designed by Michael Guilfoyle. Both coins commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic which was read by Patrick Pearse outside the GPO on 24 April 1916. The coins depict the statue of Hibernia in front of an arrangement of key words and phrases from the Proclamation of the Irish Republic.

  • €50 Gold Proof Coin
    • This 2016 proof gold coin has an issue limit of 5,500 pieces

2016 Ireland €50 gold proof coin

  • €15 Silver Proof Coin
    • This 2016 proof silver coin has an issue limit of 18,000 pieces

2016 Ireland €15 silver proof coin (boxed)

  • €15 and €50 ‘double set’ of Proof Coins
    • This 2016 proof set has an issue limit of 2,000 pieces
2016 Ireland €15 silver + €50 gold proof coin set (boxed)

2016 Ireland €15 silver + €50 gold double proof coin set (boxed)

27/28 February

Irish International Coin Fair

  • Saturday – Sunday, 11am to 5pm
  • Serpentine Hall (Hall 3), Anglesea Road Entrance
  • RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin

20 January

The Central Bank of Ireland will release 4.5 million of commemorative €2 coins into general circulation from Wednesday, 20th January – the coins celebrate the memory of the 1916 Easter Rising and the Proclamation of the Irish Republic.

New €2 coins commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising - the Central Bank say members of the public can expect to see them in the coming weeks

New €2 coins commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising – the Central Bank say members of the public can expect to see them in the coming weeks

  • The design by Emmet Mullins beat submissions from 52 Irish and international designers to be chosen for the project.
  • It shows a representation of the statue of Hibernia (the historic personification of Ireland) on top of the GPO with the centenary dates.

  • It is the first time Ireland has issued its own €2 commemorative coin into circulation.

20 January

2016 Proof Coin Set (Proclamation of the Irish Republic)

This limited edition proof coin set includes the new commemorative €2 coin, in addition to the eight standard circulating coins, also in proof quality. The set is completed by a certificate of authenticity and illustrated booklet tracing the historic events of 1916.

Ireland 2016 Proof set case open_lr

  • This 2016 proof coin set has an issue limit of 4,000 pieces.
  • Price: €80.00
  • Order date: 20 January 2016 

2016 €2 Proof Coin (Proclamation of the Irish Republic)

This limited edition €2 proof quality collector coin is issued in its own presentation case and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.

Ireland 2016-E2-in-Case-big

  • This €2 proof coin has an issue limit of 20,000 pieces.
  • Price: €15.00   
  • Order date: 20 January 2016

2016 Annual Mint Set (Proclamation of the Irish Republic)

The Ireland Annual Mint Set for 2016 commemorates in text and pictures the events around the Easter Rising and the Proclamation of the Irish Republic. This set contains the 2016 €2 commemorative coin in addition to the eight standard circulating coins.

Ireland 2016 UNC Set_lr

Ireland 2016 BU Set

  • The 2016 Annual Mint Set has an issue limit of 50,000 pieces.
  • Price: €25.00
  • Order date: 20 January 2016

January 13

The Oireachtas Petitions Committee received a call looking for the UFC star to be featured on a 1 euro coin. However, even if the petition were to be accepted, Ireland would need to get approval from every other EU member state in order to issue a special coin that could be accepted as legal tender.

2016 spoof Conor McGregor €1 coin

2016 spoof Conor McGregor €1 coin

  • The petition was submitted to the Oireachtas Petitions Committee’s website by Patrick O’Leary on 15 December, days after McGregor’s emphatic 13-second win over long-time champion José Aldo on 12 December in Las Vegas.
  • Speaking on Wednesday, 13th January on Oireachtas TV, chairman of the Committee Pádraig Mac Lochlainn said that the committee had no choice but to declare the petition inadmissable as they had been unable to contact the petitioner.
    • Deputy Mac Lochlainn said that the committee would urge petitioners in the future to contact the Central Bank regarding EU guidelines relating to commemorative coins and normal EU coinage which “may have restrictions which would negate the proposal made in the petition.”

2015

December 4

The Numismatic Society of Ireland

  • Annual Christmas Auction
  • Venue: 8 Ely Place, Dublin 2
    • viewing starts @ 5pm
    • auction starts @ 7pm
      • members only may bid
      • new members are more than welcome to join, annual subs only €25
      • email: mkennyagencies@eircom.net for further details and a membership application form

November 13

The Numismatic Society of Ireland

  • Lecture: Napoleon’s Euro
  • Venue: 8 Ely Place, Dublin 2 @ 7pm

October 31

Irish 1c and 2c coins to be withdrawn from circulation

Ireland 1c coin 2002-2015

Ireland 1c coin (2002-2015)

October 27

Central Bank of Ireland will be releasing a new commemorative €10 silver proof coin. This coin, which bears the Europa Symbol, is part of the European Silver Programme. The theme for 2015 is ’70th Anniversary of Peace in Europe’. It also commemorates the 70th Anniversary of the end of World War II.

  • 2015 €10 Silver Proof Coin (70th Anniversary of Peace in Europe)
  • This coin has an issue limit of 8,000 pieces and is struck in .925 sterling silver.
  • The diameter of this coin is 38.61 mm and the coin weighs 28.28 grammes.
2015 Ireland €10 commemorative coin - 70 Years Peace in Europe

2015 Ireland €10 commemorative coin – 70 Years Peace in Europe

October 16 – 18

October Coin Fair, RDS, Dublin 11:00am to 5:30pm daily

  • 40 coin dealers
  • 20 banknote dealers
  • Central Bank of Ireland (commemorative proof coins & BU sets)

October ?

In October 2015, the Central Bank will issue 1,000,000 pieces of a commemorative €2 coin to celebrate ’30 Years of the EU Flag’.

  • This coin is being issued this year by all 19 euro-issuing member states.
  • This is the fourth time that Eurozone nations will participate in a joint circulating commemorative €2 coin programme, following similar programs in 2007, 2009 and 2012.
  • The Central Bank will issue 1,000 proof sets containing the commemorative €2 coin
    • The issue date has yet to be confirmed.
A design by a coin engraver at the Bank of Greece, George Stamatopoulos was chosen in an online poll by the European Commission. The Central Bank will issue 1,000 proof sets containing the commemorative €2 coin, date to be confirmed.

A design by a coin engraver at the Bank of Greece, George Stamatopoulos was chosen in an online poll by the European Commission.

October 8

Emmet Mullins’ design for Ireland’s first ever commemorative two euro coin has been released by the Central Bank today. The €2 coin will come into circulation in January 2016. The design is inspired by the 100 year anniversary of the Easter Rising and shows the statue of Hibernia stood afoot the GPO in Dublin, home of the provisional Irish government during the 1916 Rising.

Emmet Mullins' design for Ireland's first ever commemorative two euro coin has been unveiled

Emmet Mullins’ design for Ireland’s first ever commemorative two euro coin has been unveiled

September 15 – 18

One of the world’s rarest and most desirable gold coins is the Irish “Ormonde Money” pistole dating from 1646 – only two are available to collectors, as the other 9 out of the 11 survivors known are in museums. This exceptionally rare coin will be auctioned by Dix Noonan Webb as part of their Sept. 15-18 sale in London.

An “Ormonde Money” gold pistole dating from 1646 - graded “strictly fine” this rare Irish coin goes to the block with an estimate of £80,000-£100,000

Lot 275 – An “Ormonde Money” gold pistole dating from 1646 – this rare Irish coin goes to the block with an estimate of £80,000-£100,000 at DNW – Price Realized: £80,730 (incl. fees + taxes), €110,779

For further information see:

  • O’Brien Rare Coin Review: The Ormonde Gold ‘Pistole’ of 1646
  • ‘The only Gold Coins issued in Ireland 1646’, William O’Sullivan, BNJ XXXIII, 1964, pp.141-150;
  • ‘A note on the Weight and Fineness of the Ormonde Pistole’, R.H.M. Dolley, BNJ XXXV, 1966, pp.152-4;
  • ‘The extant Ormonde Pistoles and Double Pistoles of 1646’, W.A. Seaby and G. Brady, BNJ XLIII, 1973, pp.80-95 and pl. ii

September 15 – 18

Fifty two Irish coins from the collection of the Late Harrington Manville were sold by Dix Noonan Webb as part of their Sept. 15-17 sale in London. Harrington Manville was one of the best known collectors of Irish coins up until his passing. In particular, he was interested in the Irish emergency issues of Charles II, unofficial tokens of the 17th C (the so-called Trade Farthings), and the gunmoney of James II – many of his coins are considered “important” and some are unique.

Dublin Corporation, Halfpenny, 1679, in silver, arms of Dublin, · the · dvblin · halfpennie ·, rev. crowned harp, · long · live · the · king ·, edge grained, 9.14g/12h (DF 349, not listed in silver). Obverse fine, reverse better, of the highest rarity; believed to be the only known specimen in silver

Dublin Corporation, Halfpenny, 1679, in silver, arms of Dublin, · the · dvblin · halfpennie ·, rev. crowned harp, · long · live · the · king ·, edge grained, 9.14g/12h (DF 349, not listed in silver). Obverse fine, reverse better, of the highest rarity; believed to be the only known specimen in silver. Price Realized: £9,315 (incl. fees + taxes)

After the buyers’ premiums and VAT were added to the hammer prices, the 52 lots were sold for almost a quarter of a million pounds sterling – a great result for DNW.

GBP £228,292.02 Euro €313,266.88 USD $354,231.60

June 15

Ireland set to scrap 1c and 2c coins

  • Since 2002, the mint in Dublin has produced 1,074 million 1c coins and 906 million 2c coins
    • These coins go out of circulation quickly as people stockpile them
    • It costs 1.65c to mint each 1c coin and 2.07c to mint each 2c coin
    • Figures have revealed it costs more than €3.5m to produce one and two cent coins
    • It is estimated that some €35m worth of these coins is stashed in jars across the country
  • A trial was held in Wexford from 16th September 17th November 2013
  • Results showed strong support for the measure from both consumers and retailers
  • During the trial, retailers rounded cash transactions to the nearest five cent at the cash register, removing the need for one and two cent coins in change
    • The NPP ran a “mystery shopping” survey, in which it went into a number of shops and bought a set number of items before and after the trial
    • Prices in Wexford did not go up as a result of the initiative
  • Two Euro Zone countries (Finland and Netherlands) have already adopted a rounding policy
  • Three other EU member states (Denmark, Hungary and Sweden) have also done so
  • Read more here

June 4

On the 3rd of June the Central Bank of Ireland, in conjunction with the Department of Finance, will issue a €15 Silver Proof coin to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of William Butler Yeats, the Irish poet and Nobel Laureate.

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

Ireland €15 Silver Proof coin to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of William Butler Yeats

  • The design, by Irish artist Mary Gregoriy, tries to make a visual poem with rhythm and beat. Not with words but with pictures.
  • The coin, with an issue limit of 8,000 pieces, is struck in .925 sterling silver
    • Diameter = 38.61 mm
    • Weight    = 28.28 grammes
  • The price of the coin is €44 and will go on sale from the 4th June 2015
  • Contact the Central Bank of Ireland and order your coins now – W.B. Yeats is sure to sell out quickly !

May 28

The 2015 commemorative €2 coin competition has come to an end.

  • More than 100,000 Euro Zone citizens voted for their favourite coin
  • Finally the voters have decided. THE WINNER IS DESIGN N°4
  • It was created by George Stamatopoulos, designer at the Bank of Greece
    • Marking the 30th anniversary of the EU flag, Stamatopoulos’ entry depicts 12 people forming a human chain around that flag with the 12 gold stars on a blue background
    • 2015 $2 commemorative coin competition winner - the design was chosen by 30 percent of more than 100,000 voters in an online competition by the European Commission

      2015 $2 commemorative coin competition winner – the design was chosen by 30% of the 100,000 voters in an online competition by the European Commission

May 27

In July 2015, the nineteen ‘full members’ of the Euro Zone area will jointly issue a commemorative euro coin to celebrate 30 years of the EU flag. Regardless of which country issues the coin, it will bear the same design on the national side, normally reserved for a motif specific to that country.

  • Ireland will be one of the 19 countries issuing a special €2 commemorative coin in 2015.
The five shortlisted coin designs for European Flag issue in 2015

The five shortlisted coin designs for European Flag issue in 2015

  • A professional jury selected five coin designs among the 62 designs submitted by Euro area mints.
  • Euro-area citizens and residents are invited to select the winning design by public web-voting until 27 May 2015
  • Voting has now closed !

April 23

Belfast Telegraph

  • The four 14th century silver coins found by amateur treasure hunter Tom Crawford on land close to Banbridge, Co Down
  • They will be sent to the British Museum in London for valuation
    • The money will be split between the land owner, Harold McClements, and Mr Crawford
    • Link to full article

April 17

The Numismatic Society of Ireland

  • Last meeting of the 2014/15 calendar for the Numismatic Society of Ireland
  • Venue: 8 Ely place Dublin 2
    • Contact: Michael E. Kenny
      • Chairman NSI Dublin
      • Phone:    087 257 2843

April 10-12

The British Association of Numismatic Societies, Annual Spring Congress 2015

  • Hosted by The Numismatic Society of Ireland (Northern Branch)
  • To be held in The Europa Hotel, Belfast
    • Full details of the Congress, including final costs and programme, available from:
      • Neil McCormick
      • 6 Tennyson Avenue, Bangor, Co Down, BT20 3SS
      • Email:    numsocirelandnb@aol.com
      • Phone:   028 9146 6743 / 077 2030 4667

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