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Ireland 50 Ecu Gold Proof 1990

Summary
ID Number: 5289
Category: Modern Bank of Ireland Sets
Catalogue Number: Pattern Euro Proof Gold Coin
Grade: Gem Proof
Weight: .4421 AGW 22 carat
Date: 1990
Denomination: 50 Ecu
Price: $750.
Additional Details
Ireland. 50 Ecu Gold Proof 1990.  22 carat, AGW 0.4421 oz., 28 mm.  Issued in 1990 by the Central Bank of Ireland, when the planning commission for the Euro met in Dublin.  The design, by Thomas Ryan, President of the Royal Hiberian Society, continues the W.B. Yeats's harp and animal theme for the Irish coinage, introduced in 1928.  A harp surrounded by the 12 stars, for each of the original 12 Euro countries, around below reading down, the proposed denomination, 50 ecu, which was rejected for being too French, in favor of the Euro.  The reverse a Red Deer or Stag of Ireland, EIRE above and the date 1990 below the exergual line.

This was the first gold coin issued by Ireland since the Gold Pistole issued in 1646.  Sold in the original lucite screw capsule with Bank of Ireland certificate of Authenticity.  5000 issued.

The price for these is sensitive, of course, to the spot price for gold, and the price on the site is meant to be 150 euros plus freight above the value of the intrinsic gold content.
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