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Irish Coins for St. Patrick's Day
March 17, 2008

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

In the fall of 2007 the Central Bank of Ireland issued a nice pair of gold and silver commemoratives celebrating traditional Irish influence on European Celtic culture. The design of these two coins is quite lovely and displays great interweaving of faces and symbolic items representing Ireland's heritage in literature, music, construction and new technology.

The gold coin is small (though we pictured it larger here so you can see the detail) and affordable, having been issued at 50 euro and the silver coin is even more practical at an issue price of 35 euro. A two-piece set is also available from the Central Bank of Ireland website, so check it out and celebrate in style with new precious metal commemorative coinage from Ireland.

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About the Author
Tom Michael has been Krause Publications primary market analyst on more than 80 world and United States coin catalogs produced over the last 20 years. He came to KP in 1987 with a bachelor of arts degree in history, a master of arts degree in economics and a history of coin collecting stretching back to the 1960s. He began collecting world coins as a child by asking friends and relatives to bring coins back from overseas trips, visiting flea markets and having his mother watch for foreign coins in her register at the local grocery store. Today he works with a dedicated base of over 200 contributors to provide accurate market values for the five-volume Standard Catalog of World Coins series, as well as many specialty catalogs, including Coins & Currency of the Middle East and the fifth edition of Unusual World Coins.

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