John Philip Holland
€15 Silver Proof Coin 2014
REF : 2258
Irish Science and Inventions: Honouring the Inventor of the Modern Submarine


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Ireland has an impressive scientific and technological tradition and many major discoveries and developments have originated from the work of Irish scholars. Over the coming years the Central Bank of Ireland, on behalf of the Department of Finance, will issue a limited edition collector coin honouring the life and work of an Irish scientist and inventor. The first coin in this series honours John Philip Holland who was born in Liscannor, and is the man credited with being the inventor of the modern submarine. Holland’s design was the first to combine an electric motor for submerged travel and an internal combustion engine for use on the surface. The first submarines commissioned by both the United States Navy and the Royal Navy were based on Holland’s designs.

John Philip Holland was born in Liscannor, Co. Clare in 1841. He worked as a teacher – a member of the Christian Brothers – in Cork, Armagh, Portlaoise, Enniscorthy, Drogheda and Dundalk. In 1873 he left the Christian Brothers and emigrated to the USA. With the backing of the Fenian Brotherhood, Holland built the Fenian Ram submarine. Holland continued to develop his submarine concepts and, on 11 April 1900, the Holland VI was purchased by the United States government for the sum of $150,000 and subsequently commissioned as the USS Holland (later designated SS1). This was the first modern submarine in the United States Navy and it became the prototype for the submarines of the US Fleet, as well as those of Japan, Britain and the Netherlands. The era of the modern submarine had begun.

These historic €15 collector coins are beautifully minted and are a fitting tribute to the Irish inventor John Philip Holland. The design, by Irish artist Mary Gregory, features a representation of the structural drawings for one of Holland’s submarines. A decorative nautilus spiral completes the design. Each coin is struck to the highest proof quality in .925 Sterling Silver and is enclosed within its own elegant presentation case. This commemorative issue is limited to 10,000 silver coins.

Featured Product No
Quality Proof
Year 2014
Metal Sterling Silver
Coin Weight 28.28
Denomination 15
Fineness 0.925
Issue limit 10000
Designer Reverse Mary Gregoiry