was the theme for the 2008 Central Bank of Ireland uncirculated Coin Set,
the sixth and final mint set in the Heritage of Ireland series.
The set features the ancient passage tomb at Newgrange. Built over 5000 years ago, the burial chamber is entered through a
long stone passage with the whole area being covered by a huge mound. The tomb
is bordered by 97 kerb stones bearing decorative patterns in the Megalithic art style.
The set was officially launched on 21 December 2007 following the
Winter Solstice at Newgrange.
The Newgrange Coin Set is available to purchase for 50 euro plus postage, for more
The limited edition Annual Mint Set of just 30,000 pieces was produced by the
Central Bank in collaboration with the Office of Public Works and celebrates the
ancient passage tomb at Newgrange. Governor of the Central Bank, John Hurley
presented the first set of 2008 coins to the Minister of State at the Department
of Finance, with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works, Noel Ahern, T.D.
Speaking at the launch Minister Ahern said “I am very pleased to be here today
at Brú na Bóinne for the
launch of the 2008 coin set. The linking of our heritage sites with the coin set
is of major benefit to both the OPW and the Central Bank. Indeed it is
particularly fitting that we are here this year, the 40th anniversary of the
discovery, by Professor Michael O’Kelly,
of the rays of the rising sun on Winter solstice
day shining through a special aperture to illuminate the
chamber at Newgrange. As you all know this site is one of only two World
Heritage sites in the Republic of Ireland and is without doubt a very special
and unique place”
The Governor of the Central Bank, John Hurley, said “The Bank is delighted to
launch our sixth and final set in the Heritage Series of Annual Mint Sets for
2008 honouring Newgrange. It is fitting that what is possibly our most famous
Heritage Site has been kept until last. Our annual mint sets travel far and wide
across the globe and I have no doubt that these Newgrange coin set will be
recognised and admired around the world ”
This is the last in the series of Heritage coin sets produced by the Central
Bank in collaboration with the OPW featuring some of Ireland’s national
monuments, parks, gardens and nature reserves. Previous coin sets in the
Heritage series have featured the Casino at Marino in Dublin, Reginald’s Tower
in Waterford, Heywood Gardens, Co. Laois, Glenveagh National Park & Castle, Co.
Donegal and Dún Aonghasa Inis Mór, on the Aran Islands.
The 2008 coin set also features a brief history of the
Newgrange chamber and
passage. In fine weather conditions, Newgrange is illuminated by the
winter solstice sunrise
at dawn from the 19th to the 23rd of December. A shaft of sunlight shines
through the roof box over the entrance and penetrates the passage to light up the chamber.
The dramatic event lasts for 17 minutes.
Boyne Valley Private Day Tours
Pick up and return to your accommodation or cruise ship. Suggested day tour:
Newgrange World Heritage site, 10th century High Crosses at Monasterboice,
Hill of Tara the seat of the High Kings of Ireland, Bective Abbey and Trim Castle the largest Norman castle in Ireland