€15 Silver Proof Coin 2010
REF : 1801p
A Tribute in Silver to Percy Metcalfe's Classic Irish Coin Design
It was in 1928 when the first coins of the Irish Free State were released. The designs by Percy Metcalfe were chosen for their depiction of agriculture which was essential to the economy of Ireland at the time. These designs graced decimal coinage up until the adoption of the Euro in 2002. In honour of these magnificent designs the Central Bank of Ireland is issuing three new €15 silver proof coins over the next three years. The first in the series pays tribute to the Irish hunter horse originally featured on the Halfcrown with the salmon and Irish wolfhound following in 2011 and 2012. This modern interpretation of the original equestrian design is by renowned designer Emmet Mullins. The brief was to pay respect to the original theme chosen in 1928. This will be the first time Percy Metcalfe’s designs will be presented on the Euro currency. A lot has happened to Ireland since 1928. Since the formation of the Free State of Ireland the country has grown and evolved. Now with the Euro in its infancy, we are witness to a new generation of currency and a new era of economy for the nation. “New Generation” is the theme chosen for these new coins. Percy Metcalfe’s original designs are replicated but with the addition of the animal’s offspring. The original coins show the animals in profile and were quite basic anatomical depictions. This is still the case but in the “Horse” coin, for example, we see the foal casually looking towards us in a more relaxed pose. It is the addition of this story that enables us to redesign whilst still paying homage to the premier Free State coins. --- Emmet Mullins
Featured Product No
Quality Proof
Year 2010
Metal Sterling Silver
Coin Weight 28.28
Denomination 15
Fineness 0.925
Issue limit 15000
Designer Reverse Emmet Mullins