The Central Bank of Ireland has launched a limited edition €10 coin celebrating St Brendan the Navigator.

The coin is available to buy from today at a cost of €38.

Each coin is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity specifying the quality of the coin and the limited issue.

The coin, part of a Europe-wide initiative to honour European explorers, depicts St Brendan and his monks sailing towards the Americas in his voyage across the Atlantic in the 6th century.

It was designed by Michael Guilfoyle.

Speaking at the launch in Ardfert Cathedral, Co Kerry, the monastery founded by Saint Brendan, Mary O'Dea, Director of Financial Operations at the Central Bank said: 'Saint Brendan is immortalised in legend for his incredible journey across the Atlantic.’