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 Coin withdrawal was noticeably slower, with some 45 per cent of the total value of coin withdrawn by 9 February.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
2011 998,971 pieces - View
2010 1,448,746 pieces € 10.45 Buy
2009 1,030,507 pieces - View
2008 5,792,003 pieces - View
2007 12,265,372 pieces € 6.25 Buy
2006 5,421,340 pieces € 8.25 Buy
2005 13,077,599 pieces € 9.00 Buy
2004 3,698,186 pieces € 9.90 Buy
2003 2,566,076 pieces € 9.35 Buy
2002 90,563,110 pieces € 8.25 Buy
Image of Ireland 1 euro coin
Ireland 1 euro - Celtic Harp
Year Mintage Price Shop
2011 1,448,746 pieces - View
2010 1,082,716 pieces - View
2009 3,314,828 pieces - View
2008 2,579,757 pieces € 7.80 Buy
2007 3,942,582 pieces € 7.80 Buy
2006 4,038,722 pieces € 4.29 Buy
2005 6,774,777 pieces € 3.00 Buy
2004 1,592,990 pieces € 4.95 Buy
2003 2,455,700 pieces € 2.65 Buy
2002 135,139,737 pieces € 2.65 Buy
Image of Ireland 50 cents coin
Ireland 50 cents - Celtic Harp
Year Mintage Price Shop
2011 1,039,753 pieces - View
2010 1,173,242 pieces € 2.00 Buy
2009 1,866,011 pieces - View
2008 135,170 pieces - View
2007 8,702,160 pieces € 7.15 Buy
2006 7,479,651 pieces € 2.00 Buy
2005 17,258,568 pieces € 2.00 Buy
2004 6,709,312 pieces € 3.52 Buy
2003 11,747,326 pieces € 2.10 Buy
2002 144,144,592 pieces € 1.85 Buy
Image of Ireland 20 cents coin
Ireland 20 cents - Celtic Harp
Year Mintage Price Shop
2011 1,119,368 pieces - View
2010 1,027,059 pieces - View
2009 4,279,307 pieces - View
2008 44,428,009 pieces € 1.05 Buy
2007 34,489,488 pieces € 1.35 Buy
2006 10,377,229 pieces € 1.30 Buy
2005 40,444,062 pieces € 1.35 Buy
2004 32,381,447 pieces € 2.42 Buy
2003 57,077,221 pieces € 1.35 Buy
2002 234,575,562 pieces € 0.60 Buy
Image of Ireland 10 cents coin
Ireland 10 cents - Celtic Harp
Year Mintage Price Shop
2011 358,837 pieces - View
2010 1,078,313 pieces € 0.35 Buy
2009 10,850,328 pieces - View
2008 53,997,990 pieces - View
2007 79,388,096 pieces € 1.35 Buy
2006 9,679,229 pieces € 0.35 Buy
2005 7,097,786 pieces € 0.70 Buy
2004 36,732,778 pieces € 2.09 Buy
2003 133,750,907 pieces € 0.30 Buy
2002 275,913,284 pieces € 0.55 Buy
Image of Ireland 5 cents coin
Ireland 5 cents - Celtic Harp
Year Mintage Price Shop
2011 969,937 pieces - View
2010 1,023,881 pieces - View
2009 10,333,341 pieces - View
2008 9,728,478 pieces € 0.45 Buy
2007 103,157,269 pieces € 0.30 Buy
2006 88,018,370 pieces € 0.35 Buy
2005 56,459,380 pieces € 0.45 Buy
2004 80,314,322 pieces € 1.87 Buy
2003 48,287,320 pieces € 0.40 Buy
2002 456,270,848 pieces € 0.30 Buy
Image of Ireland 2 cents coin
Ireland 2 cents - Celtic Harp
Year Mintage Price Shop
2011 4,224,772 pieces - View
2010 3,496,511 pieces € 0.25 Buy
2009 20,421,876 pieces € 0.30 Buy
2008 26,122,500 pieces € 0.30 Buy
2007 159,080,467 pieces € 0.20 Buy
2006 26,588,597 pieces € 0.60 Buy
2005 72,549,380 pieces € 0.30 Buy
2004 142,964,694 pieces € 1.43 Buy
2003 177,225,034 pieces € 0.30 Buy
2002 354,643,386 pieces € 0.30 Buy
Image of Ireland 1 cent coin
Ireland 1 cent - Celtic Harp
Year Mintage Price Shop
2012 Unknown € 0.25 Buy
2011 895,708 pieces € 0.25 Buy
2010 4,948,911 pieces - View
2009 52,245,218 pieces € 0.25 Buy
2008 46,090,363 pieces € 0.45 Buy
2007 94,501,580 pieces € 0.20 Buy
2006 111,166,861 pieces € 0.25 Buy
2005 126,969,391 pieces € 0.20 Buy
2004 174,793,634 pieces € 1.32 Buy
2003 77,837,182 pieces € 0.20 Buy
2002 404,339,788 pieces € 0.15 Buy