IRELAND15 EURO SILVER PROOF 2017. CHARLES PARSONS. STEAM TURBINE INVESTOR.
FIFTEEN EURO SILVER PROOF COIN 2017.
IRISH SCIENCE AND INVENTIONS SERIES
HONOURING SIR CHARLES PARSONS THE INVENTOR OF THE STEAM TURBINE ENGINE.
ISSUED: BY CENTRAL BANK OF IRELAND.
ISSUE DATE: 1.9.2017.
LIMIT ISSUE: 6,000.
QUALITY: PROOF. STERLING SILVER 0.925
DESIGNER: ANTONELLA NAPOLIONE.
COIN COMES IN A NICE PRESENTATION BOX WITH NUMBERED CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY.
Charles Parsons was born in 1854 and spent most of his childhood at Birr Castle, Co Offaly, his family’s estate. As a child, he was tutored by prominent scientist Robert Ball and later attended Trinity College Dublin and St. John’s College, Cambridge. Parsons’ invention of the steam turbine engine in 1884 was a major breakthrough in electrical engineering and power generation. Later applying this work to marine propulsion, Parsons’ steam turbines revolutionized marine transportation by increasing both the speed and efficiency of sea-faring vessels. He received many honours in recognition of his engineering genius, including election to the Royal Society in 1898 and a knighthood in 1911. He died in 1931.
The coin design, by Antonella Napolione, features a portrait of the engineer with an early model of his steam turbine engine, encircled by an inscription and a representation of turbine blades.