In commemoration of the 90th anniversary of Michael Collins’ death, the Irish Central Bank announced recently that it will be releasing a special €10 coin in Collins’ honor. Collins, the face of Irish independence at the time, died in 1922 during an ambush at Béal na mBláth.
The Irish Times reports that Jim Daly, TD for Cork South West (FG) said of the matter that “Michael Collins stands out as one of the greatest contributors to the setting up of this state as an independent republic and he gave his every waking hour to this country, eventually making the ultimate sacrifice by losing his life in the struggle for independence.”
Photo highlights tensions on day Michael Collins signed the Anglo-Irish treaty
“I am aware that there are many other significant anniversaries to be commemorated in the run-up to 2016,” continued Daly, “but Michael Collins made a particularly unique contribution that merits a special acknowledgement from the Irish State.”
The commemorative coin was confirmed by Minister for Finance Michael Noonan to Jim Daly, TD. The idea for the special coin came from the Béal na mBláth commemoration committe, whose chairman, Dermot Collins, “has warmly welcomed the Central Bank’s decision,” reports The Irish Times.
Here's some photography and footage surrounding Michael Collins and his death: