Ireland 2011 Silver Proof €15 - Salmon

A Tribute in Silver to Percy Metcalfe's Classic Irish Coin Design

It was in 1928 when the first coins of the Irish Free State were released into circulation. The designs, by Percy Metcalfe, were chosen for their depiction of agriculture which was essential to the economy of Ireland at the time. These designs graced Irish coinage up until the adoption of the Euro in 2002.


In honour of these magnificent designs the Central Bank of Ireland is issuing three new €15 silver coins. Last year the series launched with the extremely popular horse coin. This year the second in the series pays tribute to the Irish Salmon. Originally featured on the Florin, this modern interpretation of the original design is by renowned designer Emmet Mullins.


The magnificent coin, struck to Proof quality in sterling .925 silver, will be of great interest not only to coin collectors, but also to all animal lovers around the world. These commemorative coins are strictly limited to only 12,000 for collectors worldwide.


The coins will be launched on 10th October 2011 and orders will be despatched shortly after the launch.


Coin specifications

Date of Issue: 10th October 2011

Design: Emmet Mullins

Face Value: 15 Euro

Fineness: Sterling Silver (.925 Ag)

Diameter: 38.61mm

Weight: 28.28g

Mintage: 12,000

Quality: Proof

Price: €46


source: Central Bank of Ireland (brochure)

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Comment by Caffe on October 15, 2011 at 23:41

At first I thought it looked like the Icelandic one Krona, but it's not the same fish and the fish is faceing the other way, but the coins are very similar.

Comment by Petit Christian on September 16, 2011 at 21:03

fine coins,but not for me.

Comment by Lorenzo Caira on September 15, 2011 at 16:41

Luca this is from the original design of 1928, there was only 1 fish then, now they added a second one :)

Comment by Ctirad on September 15, 2011 at 11:06

it's nice coin but I don't collect 15€

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