The Central Bank of Ireland will launch today (30 April 2014) a €20 limited edition Gold Proof collector coin to mark the 1000th anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf.
The Battle of Clontarf coin features a carved portrayal of High King of Ireland Brian Ború and the words ‘Clontarf 1014’.
As with all circulating and collector coins, the obverse bears the traditional representation of the Irish harp, known as the Brian Ború Harp.
Speaking at the launch at the National Museum of Ireland, who are currently marking the 1000th anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf with their ‘Brian Ború and the Battle for Dublin’ exhibition, Central Bank Director Fiona Muldoon said: “This little golden coin marks the millennium of one of the great milestones in Ireland’s history. The Battle of Clontarf was not just an important event itself but was also an inspiration for future generations.”
The coin, which was designed by Irish sculptor Noel Hoare, is part of the Smallest Gold Coin in the World Series and is limited to 12,000 units.
The coin will be available to the public from Thursday 1 May 2014.
Coins can be purchased by downloading an order form from www.centralbank.ie, directly from the Central Bank on Dame Street in Dublin or by phoning 1890 307 607 (overseas: +353 1 2483605) at a cost of €48.