THE CENTRAL BANK of Ireland today launched two new collector coins to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the death of Michael Collins at Béal na mBlath in Cork in 1922.
A €20 gold proof coin and a €10 silver proof coin have both been issued and are available individually or as a set.
The coins were designed by artist Thomas Ryan, who designed the red deer £1 coin, and feature a portrait of a young Michael Collins on one side with the harp on the other.
Speaking at the launch of the coins today, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said the commemorations “offer and opportunity for us to recognise the great sacrifices that so many people made in the creation of this state”.
“Those of us today who sometimes feel that the task facing us may be insurmountable should remember the challenges faced by those who founded the institutions of this state,” he added.
Gerry Quinn, Chief Operations Officer at the Central Bank said its collector coins continue to be very popular with the public and interest in this particular coin has been “overwhelming”.
The coins have an issue limit of 12,000 units for the €20 coin and 8,000 units for the €10 coin. In addition, 6,000 sets featuring both coins are available from today.
Coins can be purchased by downloading an order form on the Central Bank website, by calling 1890 307 607 or directly from the Central Bank of Ireland on Dame Street at a cost of €50 for the gold proof, €48 for the silver proof and €95 for sets featuring both.