€15 Silver Proof Coin 2011
REF : 1980
A Tribute in Silver to Percy Metcalfe's Classic Irish Coin Design


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It was in 1928 when the first coins of the Irish Free State were released into circulation. 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 Irish 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. Last year the series launched with the extremely popular horse coin. This year the second in the series pays tribute to the Irish Salmon. Originally featured on the Florin, this modern interpretation of the original design is by renowned designer Emmet Mullins. The design brief was to pay respect to the original designs of 1928 and so the new theme is “New Generation”. Percy Metcalfe’s original designs are replicated but with the addition of the animal’s offspring. The original coins show the animals in profile. These animals have been retained but in the case of the “Salmon” coin we see the young salmon swimming towards us to create a greater sense of depth. It is the addition of this element that enables us to redesign whilst still paying homage to the premier Free State coins. --- Emmet Mullins
Featured Product No
Quality Proof
Year 2011
Metal Sterling Silver
Coin Weight 28.28
Denomination 15
Fineness 0.925
Issue limit 12000
Designer Reverse Emmet Mullins