Euro Coins

The Central Bank acts as an agent of the Minister of Finance in the production and issue of euro coins. All seniorage received is returned to the Irish Exchequer.

There are currently 19 member states of the Eurozone. All euro coins have a distinct common side (obverse) and national side (reverse), the latter of which is specific to each member state. The euro coin series comprises eight different denominations: €2, €1, 50c, 20c, 10c, 5c, 2c and 1c.

Common side

The common side of the coins was designed by Luc Luycx of the Royal Belgium Mint. His initials are visible on the obverse of the coins. The obverse displays a geographical image of Europe, except for the 1c, 2c and 5c coins which show Europe in relation to Africa and Asia.

The design of the obverse has remained the same since 2002, apart from an update in 2007 to include 10 new accession countries, although not all were members of the Eurozone.

E2Obverse

Denomination: €2
Diameter (mm): 25.75
Thickness (mm): 2.20
Weight (g): 8.50:
Composition:
Cu Zn Ni

E1Obverse

Denomination: €1:
Diameter (mm): 23.25
Thickness (mm): 2.33
Weight (g): 7.50 :
Composition:
Cu Zn Ni

50cObverse
Denomination: 50c
Diameter (mm):
24.25
Thickness (mm):
2.38
Weight (g):
7.80
Composition:
Nordic Gold

20cObverse

Denomination: 20c:
Diameter (mm): 22.25
Thickness (mm): 2.14
Weight (g): 5.74 :
Composition:
Nordic Gold

 10cObverse

Denomination: 10c :
Diameter (mm):
19.75
Thickness (mm): 1.93
Weight (g): 4.10 :
Composition: Nordic Gold

5cObverse

Denomination: 5c :
Diameter (mm): 21.25
Thickness (mm): 1.67
Weight (g): 3.92:
Composition: Copper-covered steel

2cObverse

Denomination: 2c :
Diameter (mm): 18.75
Thickness (mm): 1.67
Weight (g): 3.06
Composition: Copper-covered steel

1cObverse

Denomination: 1c :
Diameter (mm): 16.25
Thickness (mm): 1.67
Weight (g): 2.30 :
Composition: Copper-covered steel

 

Reverse

Ireland decided to retain the national design which appeared on IR£ coins for our national side. Irish euro coins feature the Celtic harp, a traditional symbol of Ireland, decorated with the year of issue and the inscription "Éire" − the Irish word for Ireland. This particular harp was designed by Jarlath Hayes.

The edge-lettering on the Irish €2 coin is the same as the French design.  It is also adopted by Belgium, Luxembourg and Spain amongst others.

E2Reverse

€2

E1Reverse

€1

50cReverse

50c

20cReverse

20c

10cReverse

10c

5cReverse

5c

2cReverse

2c

1cReverse

1c

 

Commemorative €2 coins

Each country in the Eurozone can issue two commemorative coins per year. These coins generally commemorate historical events, people of significant national importance or celebrate national treasures. They have the same features, properties and legal status as the standard €2 coins.

The responsibility for designing and issuing commemorative €2 coins lies with the member states. The ECB approves the volume of coins that each country may issue.

Ireland has issued 4 commemorative €2 coins in conjunction with other Eurosystem countries to commemorate significant moments in the European Union: 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome (2007), 10 years of the EMU (2009), 10 years of Euro banknotes and coin (2012) and 30 years of the EU flag (2015).

2-2007

2007: 50th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome

2-2009

2009: 10 Years of the European Monetary Union 

2-2012

 2012: 10 years of euro coin and banknotes

2-2015

2015: 30 Years of the EU flag

 

 

Additionally, in 2016, Ireland issued its first national commemorative €2 coin. This coin, designed by Emmet Mullins, featured a depiction of the statue of Hibernia on top of the GPO and was issued to mark the Proclamation of the Irish Republic in 1916.

 

2-2016

2016: 100th Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic