"Centenary of the 1916 Rising"
The coin mark the first time Ireland will issue its own commemorative €2 circulation coin. The design depicts the statue of Hibernia, the historic personification of Ireland, on top of Dublin's GPO which was the headquarters of the provisional government during the Rising.
External ring: CuNi
Center disc: 3 layers, Ni-Brass, Ni, Ni-brass
Diameter: 25.75 mm
Width: 2.20 mm
Weight: 8.50 g
Designer: Emmet Mullins
Mintage: 4.5 million
Release date: january 2016
Proof silver and gold collector coins with a different design (by Michael Guilfoyle) will be available by march 2016.
(news from Pabitra Saha and Aidan Work)