I have been collecting coins for as long as I can remember - most of what I have is a load of junk, but nevertheless I like to get the occasional proof set. The Irish Central Bank has recently released its 2016 proof set which commemorates the 1916 Rising and the 100th Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic.
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The set contains regular proof versions of the 1c to €1, but it is the 2€ coin that gets the special treatment. We are now starting to see these coins in circulation. Quoting from the booklet that accompanies the set, the coin's design is based on the "figure of Hibernia who stands atop the GPO building in Dublin". The design is by Emmet Mullins and it is a brilliant, if small, design that does justice to 1916.