Central Bank of Ireland issues coin set celebrating Irish salmon 

Press Release 12 January 2011

Tá an preasráiteas seo ar fáil as gaeilge chomh maith

The Central Bank of Ireland today launched a limited edition coin set for 2011 in celebration of the Irish salmon which first appeared on Irish coins in 1928.

The set is the second in a series of three limited edition annual mint coin sets issued by the Central Bank in honour of animals that have previously appeared on Irish coinage. Based on the original coin designs by the late sculptor and medallist, Percy Metcalfe (1895-1970), the first set featured the horse while the third in the series will pay tribute to the hound. Each set in the series is followed by a silver proof €15 coin. The salmon is deep rooted in Irish history and tradition and has captivated anglers for centuries. Along with the horse and the hound, the series of coins pays tribute to three iconic animals which have important historical connections with Ireland.

The collector set, which has an issue limit of 20,000 units, is presented in a special display folder and contains each of the eight euro coins in uncirculated quality. The set is available to purchase from 12 January at a cost of €25 per set directly from the Central Bank of Ireland, Dame Street, Dublin 2. Alternatively orders can also be placed by calling 1890 307 607 (lo-call within Ireland) or downloading an order form from www.centralbank.ie.