TEN EURO SILVER PROOF COIN 2010. SKELLIG MICHAEL. ISSUED: BY CENTRAL BANK OF IRELAND. ISSUE DATE: 2008. LIMIT ISSUE: 15,000. QUALITY: PROOF STERLING SILVER 0.925 WEIGHT: 28.28 GR. DIAMETER: 38.61MM. DESIGNER: MICHAEL GUILFOYLE. STAR WARS FILMING ON SKELLIGS: The Skelligs scenes from the Star Wars film Episode VII “The Force Awakens” were filmed at the islands in 2014. The Skelligs features prominently at the end of the movie where the audience is reintroduced to Star Wars’ original hero Luke Skywalker.
The Obverse features the Brian Boru Harp after the 11th Century High King of Ireland. The Harp is the traditional symbol of Ireland. On the left side of the harp is the Irish word for Ireland, Eire, and to the right is “2008”, the year of issue.
The Reverse features the image of Skellig Michael, with the smaller island of Little Skellig (Sceilig Bheag) also shown. Above Skellig Michael is a flock of birds soaring skyward towards a series of 12 stars that signify the European Union. On the left hand side of the coin is the denomination of 10 Euro. Around the bottom of the coin are the words “Sceilig Mhichil”.
This €10 Silver Proof Coin has been struck to celebrate the magnificent UNESCO Heritage Site of Skellig Michael, based 15 Kilometres off the west coast of County Kerry. This steep rocky island was an important centre of monastic life for Irish Christian monks for 600 years. Michael Guilfoyle, the designer of this coin series has chosen to represent the physical and spiritual aspects of the island in this design. At the centre of the coin is the island itself, with a flock of birds soaring from the summit towards the stars in reference to the patron saint of Skellig, Saint Michael, the Christian saint who carried the souls of the worthy to Heaven.
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