Ireland Euro Coins

During the 1990s a rapid increase in foreign direct investment and generous amounts of EU regional aid helped transform Ireland into the EU's fastest growing economy. The Irish had traditionally been one of the most pro-European nations, unsurprising considering the large amounts of financial assistance they received from Brussels. Please take a look at the Central Bank of Ireland.

According to outside commentators, the final changeover to the euro in Ireland took place quickly and was remarkably smooth. The cash changeover began on 1 January 2002, when euro notes and coin became legal tender. ATM conversion had commenced overnight and about 85 per cent of ATMs were dispensing euro that day. The Central Bank provided a cash exchange service at its Dame Street office and was the only bank in Ireland open on 1 January. Demand for the service far outstripped expectations and by mid-morning a long queue had formed. Long queues became the order of the day in the commercial banks during the following week also, as the general public displayed an eagerness to exchange their Irish pound cash for euro. Within a week, almost 90 per cent of cash transactions were being carried out in euro and the cash changeover was virtually complete for the general public.

The rapid switch to euro by the public meant that Irish cash flowed back to banks more quickly than anticipated. Returning this cash to the Central Bank presented an even greater logistical challenge than the distribution of euro, as it was difficult to predict when, where and in what quantities the Irish pound would be lodged to banks. Given their greater value, precedence was given to the return of Irish pound notes and stories of bank branches being cluttered with bags of Irish coin abound. The total value of Irish pound banknotes in circulation on 31 December 2001 was 4,343.8 million, while total coin was valued at 387.9 million. The withdrawal operation worked efficiently and by 14 January 2002 some 56 per cent of the banknote circulation had been returned to the Central Bank. This figure rose to 83.4 per cent by 9 February, when the Irish pound lost its legal tender status. Coin withdrawal was noticeably slower, with some 45 per cent of the total value of coin withdrawn by 9 February.

The Irish euro coins share the same design by Jarlath Hayes, that of the harp, a traditional symbol for Ireland since the Middle Ages, based on that of the Brian Boru harp, housed in Trinity College, Dublin. The same harp is used as the official seals of the Taoiseach, and government ministers and the Official Seal of the President of Ireland. The coins' design also features the 12 stars of the EU, the year of imprint and the Irish name for Ireland, "EIRE", in the traditional Gaelic script.

The Irish 2 euro coin edge inscription

Edge
The edge of the Irish euro coins
 
The sequence "2 * *" repeated six times alternately upright and inverted
Image of Ireland 2 euros coin
Ireland 2 euros - Celtic Harp
Year Mintage Price Shop
2013 1,050,000 pieces - View
2012 2,400,000 pieces - View
2011 1,020,000 pieces - View
2010 1,440,000 pieces € 10.45 Buy
2009 1,010,000 pieces - View
2008 6,080,000 pieces - View
2007 12,110,000 pieces € 6.50 Buy
2006 5,080,000 pieces € 8.25 Buy
2005 13,470,000 pieces € 9.00 Buy
2004 3,740,000 pieces € 9.90 Buy
2003 2,630,000 pieces € 9.35 Buy
2002 90,590,000 pieces € 8.25 Buy
Image of Ireland 1 euro coin
Ireland 1 euro - Celtic Harp
Year Mintage Price Shop
2013 960,000 pieces - View
2012 1,010,000 pieces - View
2011 1,060,000 pieces - View
2010 1,050,000 pieces - View
2009 3,290,000 pieces - View
2008 2,560,000 pieces € 7.80 Buy
2007 5,700,000 pieces € 7.80 Buy
2006 4,000,000 pieces € 4.29 Buy
2005 6,820,000 pieces € 3.00 Buy
2004 1,630,000 pieces € 4.95 Buy
2003 2,520,000 pieces € 2.65 Buy
2002 135,140,000 pieces € 2.65 Buy
Image of Ireland 50 cents coin
Ireland 50 cents - Celtic Harp
Year Mintage Price Shop
2013 990,000 pieces - View
2012 960,000 pieces - View
2011 1,060,000 pieces - View
2010 1,140,000 pieces € 2.00 Buy
2009 2,900,000 pieces - View
2008 1,190,000 pieces - View
2007 8,680,000 pieces € 7.15 Buy
2006 7,460,000 pieces € 2.00 Buy
2005 17,310,000 pieces € 2.00 Buy
2004 6,750,000 pieces € 3.52 Buy
2003 11,810,000 pieces € 2.10 Buy
2002 144,140,000 pieces € 1.85 Buy
Image of Ireland 20 cents coin
Ireland 20 cents - Celtic Harp
Year Mintage Price Shop
2013 1,280,000 pieces - View
2012 970,000 pieces - View
2011 1,140,000 pieces - View
2010 1,000,000 pieces - View
2009 5,390,000 pieces - View
2008 45,970,000 pieces € 1.05 Buy
2007 34,470,000 pieces € 1.35 Buy
2006 10,360,000 pieces € 1.30 Buy
2005 40,490,000 pieces € 1.35 Buy
2004 32,420,000 pieces € 2.42 Buy
2003 57,140,000 pieces € 1.35 Buy
2002 234,580,000 pieces € 0.60 Buy
Image of Ireland 10 cents coin
Ireland 10 cents - Celtic Harp
Year Mintage Price Shop
2013 940,000 pieces - View
2012 1,060,000 pieces - View
2011 920,000 pieces - View
2010 1,050,000 pieces € 0.40 Buy
2009 11,740,000 pieces - View
2008 56,530,000 pieces - View
2007 76,990,000 pieces € 0.60 Buy
2006 9,600,000 pieces € 0.40 Buy
2005 7,150,000 pieces € 0.70 Buy
2004 36,770,000 pieces € 2.09 Buy
2003 133,820,000 pieces € 0.30 Buy
2002 275,910,000 pieces € 0.55 Buy
Image of Ireland 5 cents coin
Ireland 5 cents - Celtic Harp
Year Mintage Price Shop
2013 1,040,000 pieces - View
2012 1,020,000 pieces - View
2011 990,000 pieces - View
2010 3,470,000 pieces - View
2009 11,300,000 pieces - View
2008 61,870,000 pieces € 0.45 Buy
2007 136,210,000 pieces € 0.35 Buy
2006 89,770,000 pieces € 0.40 Buy
2005 56,510,000 pieces € 0.45 Buy
2004 82,330,000 pieces € 1.87 Buy
2003 48,350,000 pieces € 0.40 Buy
2002 456,270,000 pieces € 0.30 Buy
Image of Ireland 2 cents coin
Ireland 2 cents - Celtic Harp
Year Mintage Price Shop
2013 28,280,000 pieces - View
2012 11,910,000 pieces - View
2011 4,700,000 pieces - View
2010 990,000 pieces € 0.30 Buy
2009 44,250,000 pieces € 0.30 Buy
2008 35,800,000 pieces € 0.30 Buy
2007 200,940,000 pieces € 0.25 Buy
2006 26,550,000 pieces € 0.60 Buy
2005 74,650,000 pieces € 0.30 Buy
2004 143,000,000 pieces € 1.43 Buy
2003 177,290,000 pieces € 0.30 Buy
2002 354,640,000 pieces € 0.30 Buy
Image of Ireland 1 cent coin
Ireland 1 cent - Celtic Harp
Year Mintage Price Shop
2013 58,740,000 pieces € 0.25 Buy
2012 61,370,000 pieces € 0.25 Buy
2011 40,950,000 pieces € 0.30 Buy
2010 10,920,000 pieces - View
2009 52,170,000 pieces € 0.25 Buy
2008 46,120,000 pieces € 0.45 Buy
2007 163,800,000 pieces € 0.25 Buy
2006 110,930,000 pieces € 0.25 Buy
2005 128,550,000 pieces € 0.35 Buy
2004 174,830,000 pieces € 1.32 Buy
2003 77,900,000 pieces € 0.20 Buy
2002 404,340,000 pieces € 0.15 Buy