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Offline chrisild

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Ireland 2016: Easter Rising Rumors
« on: February 14, 2014, 12:56:04 PM »
There have been rumors about a commemorative 2 coin from Ireland, to be issued in 2016. Yes, you read that right - a 2 commem. So far Ireland has only issued silver and gold collector coins - but no commemorative 2 coins except for the ones that were parts of common issues (Treaty of Rome 2007, etc.). So this piece would be the first "Ireland-specific" commemorative euro coin.

The theme and occasion would be the Easter Rising, then 100 years ago. Have heard and read about this plan before, but - to put it very carefully - the rumors have become louder in the past couple of days. Stay tuned. :)

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Re: Ireland 2016: Easter Rising Rumors
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2014, 05:45:56 PM »
That's a worthy issue. Important, especially to Ireland, impressive, thought-provoking and a real jubilee. It would make great sense to put it on a real circulation coin...

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Re: Ireland 2016: Easter Rising Rumors
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2018, 07:44:56 PM »
Here is a picture of the coin. The statue on the coin is at the very centre, on top of the gable. The coin is followed by a stamp, showing what the post office looked like when it was opened in 1818. The post card shows the post office in 1920, as etched by Hanslip Fletcher. At this time, the building was still damaged by the bombardments of the Easter rising. Notably, the roof was gone. Next is the building as photographed in 2018, during the WoC annual event.

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Re: Ireland 2016: Easter Rising Rumors
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2018, 08:47:41 PM »
On Sunday the weather was nicer. ;) Here is the GPO again, plus a photo of the Spire, a relatively new landmark in the middle of O'Connell Street. As for the coin, I still think that the rays around Hibernia are a little too much ...

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Re: Ireland 2016: Easter Rising Rumors
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2018, 12:24:13 AM »
And here is a medal from 1966, from the Airgead exhibition. We see the flames at the top of the GPO, but also the rising sun with its rays around and above Hibernia. Those medals were, in various compositions, made by Thomas O'Connor & Sons Ltd. (The other side shows the signatures of those who signed the Proclamation of the Republic, see here for example.)

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Re: Ireland 2016: Easter Rising Rumors
« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2018, 01:10:44 AM »
Ireland also issued collector coins on that occasion; they featured the same Hibernia statue. But the two artists - Emmet Mullins designed the 2 coin, Michael Guilfoyle did the silver and gold pieces - chose different views. Guilfoyle's collector coins (see this topic) combine the statue and various "key" words of the 1916 proclamation which Patrick Pearse read in front of the GPO.

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