Ireland, 1996 Pattern 25 Euros in gilding metal. BU

Crown-sized (38mm) struck in 1997 as patterns to show possible designs for the upcoming move to the Euro.
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SKU: NIR9220

These Crown-Sized (38mm) Euro Pattern pieces were struck in 1996 by the Internation Currency Bureau. They were how they imagined the new Euro coins might look. This Squirrel 25 Euro Pattern was issued for Ireland and on one side you have the Irish harp and on the other a squirrel eating a nut with a forest in the background with the country name in Gaelic as Eire and the date 1997. They were stuck in gilding metal which looks like gold but they are much more affordable.

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Gloves for handling

Our friends at Lighthouse have designed a glove especially for handling coins. In between the ridges and valleys of your fingerprints there are acids. If these come into contact with the surface of the coins, this can leave your fingerprint indelibly etched into the surface of the coin. The real problem is that it can take years for this ‘fingerprint’ to appear. They have designed lightweight cotton gloves that are easy to wear and still protect your coins from damage due to handling.