The Irish 2008 Uncirculated Coin Set is produced by The Central Bank & Financial Services Authority of Ireland in collaboration with the Office of Public Works and the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government. The set continues the series paying tribute to Ireland’s heritage sites and this year features the ancient tomb at Newgrange with an attractive and informative display folder. Enclosed within the folder, protected from handling, are the eight Irish euro coins from the 1 cent through to the €2. Each of the coins bear the year date 2008. The passage tomb at Newgrange (Sí an Bhrú) is one of the most famous prehistoric monuments in Western Europe. Built over 5000 years ago, the burial chamber is entered through a long stone passage with the whole area being covered by a huge mound. The mound itself covers over an acre and was constructed from over 200,000 tons of stone and earth. The tomb is bordered by a kerb made up of 97 stones bearing decorative patterns in the Megalithic art style. Both the entrance stone and kerbstone 52 at the back of the monument are highly regarded as some of the finest examples of European Neolithic art. In 1993 Newgrange, and the other ancient monuments in the surrounding Brú na Bóinne area, were designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. It is fitting therefore, that the final issue in the Ireland’s Heritage Coin Set series pays tribute to this internationally important historical monument. Previous issues in this beautifully illustrated series have been extremely popular and this Set will surely continue that trend.