Euro notes and coins were introduced on 1 January 2002. In preparation for the introduction of the Euro, coins went into production over 2 years earlier.
Geraldine Harney reports for RTÉ News on 13 September 1999 when the production of Euro coins began at the mint in Sandyford, Dublin.
Plans are in place to produce £180 million worth of Euro coins which come in 8 different forms ranging from 1 cent to 2 Euro. Each Euro member state is responsible for the coins it will put in to circulation. The front of the coins, which specifies the value, will be the same in all countries. The back of the coins will be different in all countries, with the harp decorating the Irish coins.