Ireland 2 Euro 2016 Proclamation of the Irish Republic
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On April 24 1916 (Easter Monday) the so-called Easter Uprising took place. Ireland was still a part of the United Kingdom and was actually regarded by the English as a subordinate province. The Irish rebelled against this and called for independence on April 24, 1916. This revolt was put down and the 15 leaders were executed. Yet, this insurgency had a major impact on Irish history and the awareness of independence was growing in Ireland. Ireland gained more autonomy and from 1922 to 1949 it was a Free State of the United Kingdom. In 1949 Ireland became an independent Republic. On the coin is the symbol of the Easter Uprising. This is Hibernia, a statue found at the top of Dublin's Central Post Office. At the top of the coin, the name Hibernia is coloured in green in an ancient Celtic script style. At the bottom of the coin is the country name Eire (Ireland) and the year 2016. It is the first time Ireland has issued a unique special 2 Euro coin and, therefore, this is the first coloured special Irish 2 Euro coin! The Irish special 2 Euro coins of the years 2007, 2009, 2012 and 2015 were common coins.