2006 Euro Coin Set Launched 

Press Release 28 November 2005

The first euro coins of 2006 were unveiled today.  The Central Bank, in collaboration with the National Parks and Wildlife Service of the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government, launched the 2006 annual coin set in Glenveagh National Park, Co. Donegal.  The set will be on sale to the public from next Wednesday, 30 November 2005 at a cost of €22 per set.  A limited edition of 40,000 sets will go on sale and are expected to sell out very quickly. 

The Central Bank presented the first set of 2006 to Mr. Batt O’Keeffe, TD,  Minister of State at Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government.

Speaking at the launch Minister O’Keeffe said: " I am now honoured and privileged to be presented with the first of the 2006 annual coin set by the Central Bank.  I would like to warmly commend the Central Bank for its foresight and vision in proposing these heritage-based coin sets as a means of promoting our quality Irish coinage on an annual basis.  I particularly welcome the fact that this year’s selection pays tribute to both our natural and built heritage that is the magnificent Glenveagh Castle and adjoining Glenveagh National Park.”

A Central Bank spokesperson said that the Bank was very pleased to include Glenveagh in the series of coin sets.   “Our previous sets have featured the Casino at Marino at Dublin, Reginald’s Tower in Waterford and Heywood Gardens, Co. Laois.  These were extremely popular and we expect a similar success with the 2006 set.  Demand for our coin sets from collectors at home and abroad is very high, we also find that people use them as a gift, to mark a special event or celebration which may take place during the year ” he said.

This is the fourth in a series of coin sets produced by the Central Bank, which feature some of Ireland’s national monuments, parks, gardens and nature reserves.  Glenveagh National Park contains 14,000 hectares of mountain, raised bogland, lakes and woodlands and includes the two highest mountains in Donegal, Errigal and Slieve Sneacht.  Visitors to the Park can visit the 19th century Glenveagh Castle with its Neo-gothic architecture complete with ramparts, turrets and a round tower.  It is also home to a number of Golden Eagles, reintroduced to the area in 2001 after an absence of almost 100 years. 

This year the Central Bank produced just over 300 million coins for general use in Ireland.  The total number of euro coins issued by the Bank to date is around 2.9 billion – one of the highest figures, per head, in the euro area.

An official order form for the 2006 coin set is available from the Central Bank by phoning 1890 307 607 or can be downloaded here.