The issue of the Irish 2006 Proof Coin Set is a truly historic numismatic event. This magnificent Proof Set, issued by The Central Bank & Financial Services Authority of Ireland, is the first Irish Proof Set to be issued since 1928 and the first ever set of Proof Irish Euro coins. 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. To create the beautiful Proof effect, each of the eight denominations from the 1-cent to the 2 Euro coin has been meticulously struck to the highest standards using specially polished coin dies. The result is a set of coins with the finest details of their designs raised and frosted, set against 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 2006. Each set is accompanied by a numbered certificate of authenticity attesting to the strict issue limit of just 5,000 sets.