President John F. Kennedy’s trip to Ireland 50 years ago is now
being commemorated on coins.
The Central Bank of Ireland will release a two-coin set on June 26
— anniversary of the presidential visit to County Wexford, from which
the Kennedy family hailed—commemorating the four-day visit.
The reverses of both the Proof .925 fine silver €10 coin and Proof
.999 fine gold €20 coin feature a facing portrait of the American
president, surrounded by 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s visit
to Ireland 1963-2013. The denomination appears below Kennedy’s
portrait. Artist Tom Fitzgerald created the design.
The obverse of each coin depicts the Irish harp, the 2013 date and
the national name in Irish, EIRE.
Air Force One landed in Dublin on June 26, 1963, and President
Kennedy visited County Wexford the next day, including the family home
and the port where his great-grandfather boarded a ship bound for the
United States during the 1848 famine. President Kennedy received the
“Freedom of the City” honor from Galway on June 29, and also spoke
before the Irish Parliament during the trip.
The event left a lasting impression on the Irish nation (Kennedy
was famously Irish Catholic).
The silver coin weighs 28.28 grams and measures 38.61 millimeters
in diameter. The diameter of the 1-gram gold coin was unavailable from
Both coins are available only as part of a set. Distributor Royal
Scandinavian Mint is accepting pre-orders for the set for $215 U.S.,
with delivery expected in mid-July. Shipping and handling are additional.
To order, telephone the Royal Scandinavian Mint at 877-552-6468 or
visit the company’s website, http://rsmint.com. ■