A limited edition €15 silver proof collector coin has been launched by the Central Bank.

The coin features an Irish hunter horse alongside its foal and honours the first coins of the Irish Free State, which were issued in 1928.

Designed by Emmet Mullins, the coin is a modern interpretation of the original horse design which featured on the half crown by renowned designer Percy Metcalfe.

It is the first in a three-year series to be followed by the salmon and Irish wolfhound in 2011 and 2012.

A special presentation of the coin was made to the Assistant Commissioner of An Garda Siochána, Michael Feehan, who received the coin on behalf of the Mounted Support Unit.