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2003 Ireland Special Olympics 9 Piece Coin Set

Summary
ID Number: 5312
Category: Modern Bank of Ireland Sets
Catalogue Number: Central Bank of Ireland Copper Nickel
Grade: Specially selected Unc
Date: 2003 Special Olympic Set
Denomination: Nine Piece Set 1c to 5 Euro
Price: $40.
Additional Details
Central Bank of Ireland, Special Olympics World Games Ireland 2003 Coin Set.  Nine Piece set includes one each the regular 2003 Irish euro denominated coins, 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, 1 Euro, and 2 Euro, all showing the Irish harp on the obverse and the common euro designs on the reverse.    Included is a special commemorative 5 Euro coin.  Coins are well struck and carefully selected uncirculated strikes. 35,000 sets issued. An additional 25,000 single 5 Euro single Commemorative coins were issued.

It might be noted the mintages of the 1 and 2 euro coins in this set were particularly low, with only 2.6 million 2 euro, and 2.5 million 1 euro coins reported released.  These numbers are very low compared to the 2002 releases of 90.5 million and 135.2 million, making these low mintage coins attractive to put away.

The Five Euro coin and this specially packaged set were issued to commemorate Ireland's hosting of the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games.  The Five Euro coin design is by Mrs. Veronica McCallion and Mrs. Tricia Holbrook of the Central Bank of Ireland, working with "The Power of 7".  It incorporates the games logo along with the required details for commemorative euro coins.  The reverse has the Irish harp dividing EIRE and 2003 reading inward, with 12 five-pointed stars about, one for each of the original European Union nations.  The co-operation of the Special Olympics World Games organizing committee was obtained for the issue of this coin.  This coin was launched on 15 April 2003 at the Central Bank of Ireland Head Office, in Dame Street, Dublin.
Photos
Obverse side
Princess Kaiulani Collection
Reverse side
Princess Kaiulani Collection
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