Central Bank issues €2 coin commemorating 1916

The Central Bank is releasing a commemorative €2 coins to mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising and the Proclamation of the Irish Republic.

This will be the first time that Ireland has issued its own commemorative €2 coin into circulation. The design for this coin, by Emmet Mullins, was chosen following a competition that saw 52 Irish and international designers submit proposals based on the Proclamation of the Irish Republic. The coin features a representation of the statue of Hibernia (the historic personification of Ireland) on top of the GPO, the centenary dates and the name ‘Hibernia’ in hand-rendered lettering influenced by the Book of Kells.

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