• 2 Euro 2016, KM# 88, Ireland, 100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising
  • 2 Euro 2016, KM# 88, Ireland, 100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising
Description

This coin celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising and was issued into general circulation in January 2016, as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme. This is the first time Ireland issued its own commemorative €2 circulation coin.

The Easter Rising (Éirí Amach na Cásca), also known as the Easter Rebellion, was an armed insurrection in Ireland during Easter Week, April 1916. The Rising was launched by Irish republicans to end British rule in Ireland and establish an independent Irish Republic while the United Kingdom was heavily engaged in the First World War. It was the most significant uprising in Ireland since the rebellion of 1798, the first armed action of the Irish revolutionary period.

Obverse

The design features the depictions of the statue of Hibernia, the historic personification of Ireland, on top of the General Post Office in Dublin, the headquarters of the provisional government during the Rising. Additionally, the centenary dates and the name ‘Hibernia’ in hand-rendered lettering influenced by the Book of Kells.

Hibernia is the Classical Latin name for the island of Ireland. The name Hibernia was taken from Greek geographical accounts. Hibernia as a national personification representing Ireland appeared in numerous cartoon and drawings, especially in the nineteenth century. As depicted in frequent cartoons in Punch, a magazine outspokenly hostile to Irish nationalism, Hibernia was shown as "Britannia's younger sister".

Éire is Irish for "Ireland", the name of an island and a sovereign state.

Engraver: Emmet Mullins

HIBERNIA
1916 2016
éire
2016

Reverse

A geographical map of Western Europe spans the outer ring and inner core on the right side of the coin. The inscription 2 EURO is superimposed over the map of Europe, with the numeral “2” located in an open field representing the eastern Atlantic Ocean.

12 stars are located on the right side of the outer ring, with six stars atop the map of Europe and six stars below it; six vertical stripes cut across the inner core of the coin, visually connecting the upper and lower star segments.

Luc Luycx, a designer at the Royal Belgian Mint, designed the Euro’s common reverse; his initials, LL, are seen on the right side of the design, just under the “O” in “EURO.”

2 EURO
LL

Edge

The sequence "2 ★ ★" repeated six times alternately upright and inverted.

2 ★ ★ 2 ★ ★ 2 ★ ★ 2 ★ ★ 2 ★ ★ 2 ★ ★

2 Euro

100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising

KM# 88 Schön# 86
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Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Bi-Metallic
Ring Cupronickel
Center Nickel Brass
Weight 8.5 g
Diameter 25.75 mm
Thickness 2.25 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal

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