The issue of the 2009 Proof Coin Set for Ireland is a numismatic event much anticipated by collectors throughout the world. This magnificent Proof Set, issued by The Central Bank & Financial Services Authority of Ireland, contains pristine proof versions of each of the eight denominations from the 1-cent to the 2 Euro plus a commemorative 2 Euro coin celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Economic and Momentary Union in Europe. Proof coins are regarded as the pinnacle in the craft of minting with Proof Sets being highly sought after by the most discerning of coin collectors. Extreme skill and care is taken to create the beautiful proof effect. Each of the coins has been meticulously struck by master craftsmen specially prepared and highly polished coin dies. At every stage of production, the coins are rigorously checked to ensure the highest possible standards are maintained. The coins in this 2009 Proof Coin Set are of the finest quality possible. The intricate details of their designs are delicately frosted so as to contrast against their mirror-like finished backgrounds. Each coin is carefully selected by hand before being placed into a protective capsule within the luxurious presentation case. The outer packaging has been specially designed to complement all collector coin issues for Ireland in 2009. Each set is accompanied by a numbered certificate of authenticity attesting to the strict issue limit of just 5,000 sets.