Irish central bank issues 10 euro silver proof collector coin

DUBLIN, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- The Central Bank of Ireland issued a10 euro(10.59 U.S. dollars) limited edition silver proof collector coin on Wednesday, celebrating renowned Irish designer and architect Eileen Gray (1878 - 1976).

The coin features a portrait of Gray in front of a representative image of one of her most iconic modernist designs"Screen".

"Screen" is one of Eileen Gray's most iconic pieces of furniture and is indicative of her modernist design tendencies. Utilising the ancient Japanese technique of lacquer, Screen came to embody the way in which Gray's work managed to combine everyday functionality with aesthetic charm.

This silver proof coin was designed by Italian artist Sandra Deiana.

Forming part of the Europa Coin Program, this coin also features a redesigned obverse incorporating the Irish harp and year-date with the Europa Star symbol.

The Europa Coin Program, also known as the European Silver Program, or the Eurostar Program, is an initiative dedicated to the issuance of collector-oriented legal tender coins in precious metals to celebrate European identity.

The issuing authorities of European Union member countries voluntarily contribute coins to the European Silver Program. Many countries have participated in the program, beginning in 2004. Some coins are denominated in euro, others are denominated in other currencies. Europa coins are legal tender.

Ireland has participated in this program since 2006, having most recently issued coins featuring James Joyce (European Writers,2013), John McCormack (European Composers, 2014) and last year's"70th Anniversary of Peace in Europe".

The Eileen Gray coin is available to the public from Wednesday, at a cost of 60 euros, and has an issue limit of 6,000 pieces. Enditem

[ Editor: 刘家铭 ]


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