The Central Bank of Ireland launched on June 27th two collector coins to celebrate the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s visit to Ireland.
A €10 Silver Proof coin and a €20 Gold Proof coin have both been issued. The coins depict an iconic portrait of John F. Kennedy, the first President of the United States represented on an Irish coin. The silver coin is available individually and also in a set together with the gold one.
The Central Bank Director of Financial Operations, Maurice McGuire, said at the coins launch: “It is very appropriate that we launch this coin in New Ross today because it was on this very day fifty years ago that the President made the historic visit to his ancestral home, which has had such a lasting impact on the people of Ireland.”
Both coins were designed by Tom Fitzgerald and have a mintage of 35,000 units (25,000 units of the €10 silver coin and 10,000 units of the €20 gold coin).
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy visit to Ireland, An Post is issuing on June 6th two stamps designed by Steve Simpson, featuring images of the state visit.
Being one of the most charismatic political figures in the twentieth century, John Fitzgerald Kennedy is remembered for many accomplishments during his too short life, which ended so tragically when his motorcade drove though Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas, Texas, on a November day in 1963.
In Ireland, JFK is best known for the state visit to his ancestral homeland in June 1963. His itinerary for the visit included, amongst others, addressing both Houses of the Irish Oireachtas, laying a wreath at the graves of victims of the Easter Rising and paying a visit to the Kennedy home in Dunganstown, County Wexford.
Stamp Technical Details:
Values & Quantities: 1 x 60c (136k), 1 x 90c (116k)
Stamp Design: Steve Simpson
Stamp Size: 36mm x 36mm
Colour: Multicolour with phosphor tagging
Make-up: Sheetlets of 16
Perforations: 13.5 x 13.5
Printing Process: Lithography
Printer: Irish Security Stamp Printing Ltd.