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