€10 Silver Proof Coin (European Silver Programme)
This 2017 €10 silver proof coin pays tribute to one of Dublin’s most iconic landmarks, the Ha’Penny Bridge. The Ha’Penny Bridge was officially opened in May 1816
This 2017 €10 silver proof coin pays tribute to one of Dublin’s most iconic landmarks, the Ha’Penny Bridge. The Ha’Penny Bridge was officially opened in May 1816. The bridge was the only pedestrianised bridge in Dublin which connected the north and the south of the city for 184 years. For the first 100 years after it opened a man named William Walsh was given the ownership of the bridge and charged locals the price of a Ha’Penny to cross. This is where one of the city’s most memorable landmarks, got its name from, prior to this it was known as the Liffey Bridge, the Wellington Bridge or the Iron Bridge.
The coin design, by Antonella Napolione, features one of the most iconic structure’s in Dublin City Centre. The design has been depicted from the perspective of a pedestrian walking over its distinctive arched footway. In her own words: “It is surely one of the best known bridges in Dublin City, as well as being composed of cast iron.”
The proof coin comes in a presentation box with a certificate of authenticity. This limited issue commemorative coin has been struck in .925 sterling silver to proof quality and is limited to 4,000 pieces. The diameter of the coin in 38.61mm and it weighs 28.28g.
The Central Bank of Ireland has participated in the European Silver Programme each year since 2006. The current theme “Great Ages of Europe” is running from 2016-2020, and attempts to express the uniqueness of Europe through its art history. These ages are linked with the architecture celebrated on the €20 - €500 bank notes. The 2017 issue will celebrate “The Age of Iron and Glass - An Irish Context’ and relates to the architectural and design period of the 19th century. The coin will feature a depiction of Dublin’s iconic Ha’Penny Bridge. Participating countries in 2017 include: Belgium, Finland, France, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain.
|Designer Reverse||Antonella Napolione|