By Central Bank of Ireland….
- Limited-edition coin commemorating the iconic Ha’Penny Bridge in Dublin
- Coin issued as part of the European Silver ‘Great Ages of Europe’ Program
- Coin available to buy for €60 on collectorcoins.ie
A new €10 limited-edition silver proof coin has been launched by the Central Bank of Ireland commemorating the Ha’Penny Bridge in Dublin. The bridge, which was built in 1816 and has entered its third century of service to the people of Dublin, was the first pedestrianized bridge to cross the Liffey connecting the north and south of Dublin City. It retained the distinction of being the only pedestrian bridge across the river until the opening of the Millennium Bridge in 1999.
The charge for using the new bridge was the same as that for using the old ferry – one half-penny. It has been known by several names over the years – the Wellington Bridge, Liffey Bridge, Metal Bridge, Triangle Bridge and Iron Bridge. But it is the name ‘Ha’penny Bridge’ that has persisted, even though tolls were eliminated in 1919.
As the Ha’Penny Bridge is such an iconic landmark of Dublin, a coin has been presented to Ardmhéara Mícheál Mac Donncha, first citizen of Dublin, for display at the Mansion House. Coins were also presented to both the manager of the victorious Dublin Senior Football Team, Jim Gavin, and the manager of the victorious Dublin Ladies Senior Football Team, Mick Bohan, to mark their achievements in 2017.
This coin is part of the European Silver ‘Great Ages of Europe’ Program, running from 2016-2020. The Program links in with euro banknotes, which celebrates architecture on the €20 – €500 bank notes. The 2017 issue celebrates “The Age of Iron and Glass – An Irish Context”. An open competition was held for coin designs on this theme and the winning design by Antonella Napolione depicts the iconic Ha’Penny Bridge from the perspective of a pedestrian crossing its distinctive archway. The coin has been struck in .925 sterling silver by BH Mayer Mint in Germany.
The Ha’Penny Bridge coin is available to buy at a retail cost of €60, with an issue limit of 4,000 pieces. Coins can be purchased on our newly launched website at www.collectorcoins.ie. Current and prospective customers can browse at length with ease of access to information about our coins. Registered customers will have the ability to check orders and order history.