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COLLECTOR COINS & COIN SETS

FAQ

How to buy

Can I buy the coins in person anywhere? 

Our collector coins and coinsets are only available to buy directly from the Central Bank through our website www.collectorcoins.ie. Payment can be made by debit or credit card. 

How do I use a coupon code?

Coupon codes must be entered into the cart before proceeding to checkout. Your cart is accessed through the "MY CART" by clicking "VIEW AND EDIT CART". Enter coupon code in the text box, and validate to ensure it is applied to the cart.

Can I add a gift message with my purchase?

Yes. You can add a gift message to the cart before proceeding to checkout. Your cart is accessed through the "MY CART" by clicking "VIEW AND EDIT CART". Select "Add gift message to my order" and save your message before proceeding to the checkout.

Does the Central Bank hold stocks of previous issues?

Please note that all collector coins are produced to strict issue limits. If a coin is not available for purchase on our website, the coinset is sold out.

Can I obtain pre-Euro coins or coin sets from the Central Bank of Ireland?

No. The Central Bank only sells commemorative Euro coinsets to the public.

Can I purchase rolls or bags of uncirculated coin from the Central Bank?

No. The Central Bank does not issue rolls or bags of uncirculated coin to the public.

Can I request a specific cert number?

No. Coinsets are allocated at random.

Delivery options

I need my coin urgently. Can you expedite my delivery? 

While we endeavour to ship your order as soon as possible, please note that during busy periods it can take up to 30 days for delivery. Under normal operations, delivery can be expected within 7 working days of receiving your order.

How are coins delivered and how much does it cost?

All coins are sent by registered post or parcel post. The cost of postage is displayed in the checkout when the destination is selected.

Value of the Coins

Can the Central Bank provide a valuation of my coins? 

Unfortunately, the Central Bank is not in a position to provide coin valuations to the public.

Can other businesses produce and sell collector coins in Ireland? 

No. The Central Bank has sole authority for producing Irish coinage. However, other organisations can mint and sell collector medals and tokens.

What is the difference between a collector coin and a collectable medal/token? 

Collector coins have a nominal face value and are therefore legal tender. Like all Irish coinage, the obverse of Irish collector coins features an image of the harp, year of issue and the word ‘Éire’.

If Irish collector coins are legal tender, can use them to purchase goods and services? 

Individuals, businesses and commercial banks are under no obligation to accept collector coins as payment for goods or services. Face value may be redeemed from the Central Bank, but these coins are likely to be worth substantially more in their collectable form than their nominal value.

Are Irish collector coins legal tender in other EMU countries? 

No. Irish collector coins are only legal tender in Ireland.

Does the face value of a collector coin reflect the value of the metal content?

No. The face value of collector coins is nominal. Traditionally, Irish silver proof collector coins have a face of €15. Coins which are part of the European Silver Coin Programme (‘Europa Star’) have a face value of €10.

Can I lodge my collector coin into my bank account? 

No. Commercial banks do not accept lodgements of collector coins.

Can I exchange my collector coin for its face value? 

Yes. The Central Bank will reimburse the bearer the face value of the collector coin where applicable as we do not offer an ""in person" exchange facility. Please contact currencyservices@centralbank.ie for further information. 

What is the silver and gold content of Irish collector coins? 

All Irish silver proof coins contain .925 sterling silver.
All Irish gold proof coins contain .999 fine gold.

I have old IR£ circulating coin. Are they valuable? 

It is unlikely that circulating IR£ coins would be valuable to collectors. Not only were there millions of these coins in circulation, but collectors generally prefer coins which are in proof, uncirculated or near-uncirculated condition. If you think that your coins may be valuable, you should contact a professional coin dealer for a valuation.
To exchange your coins for face value, please follow the instructions on: https://www.centralbank.ie/consumer-hub/notes-and-coins/exchange-of-notes-and-coins

Design

What is the European Silver Coin (‘Europa Star’) programme? 

Established in 2004, the European Silver Coin Programme is a voluntary EMU collector coin programme which issues commemorative coins annually under a shared theme. All coins in this programme bear the Europa Star symbol. The theme of the programme from 2016 to 2020 is ‘The Ages of Europe’. Other countries that participate in this programme include France, Spain, Portugal and Finland.

How do I submit a design for an Irish collector coin?

We welcome suggestions for design themes at any time for consideration by our advisory committee. Please note, however, that we do not accept unsolicited coin designs. We periodically run design competitions. If you are interested in designing a coin for us, please check our blog regularly for updates on our latest design competition.
Contact us at coindesign@centralbank.ie