€15 Silver Proof Jonathan Swift Commemorative Coin
€15 Silver Proof Coin 2017
Available from: 7 December 2017
This 2017 €15 silver proof coin pays tribute to the life of one of Ireland’s most popular authors, Jonathan Swift. This new collector coin has been launched to mark the 350th anniversary of Swift’s birth in 1667.
Educated at Trinity College and later appointed Dean of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, Swift is regarded as one of the foremost prose satirists in the English language.
The author is best known as the writer of A Tale of a Tub, A Modest Proposal and of course Gulliver’s Travels, Swift’s single greatest work. The book recounts the voyages of Lemuel Gulliver to four exotic lands where he encounters a series of ironic illustrations of humanity. However, the work can be more accurately described as an incisive critique on the imperfections of human nature. Swift died in Dublin in 1745 and his remains are interred at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
The commemorative coin was designed by Polish designer Sebastian Mikolajczak, and aptly features the character of Jonathan Swift’s best known work as a Lilliputian ship sails across the open pages of Gulliver’s Travels.
The €15 silver proof coin is contained within a plastic capsule and comes in its own elegant presentation box along with a certificate of authenticity attesting to its issue limit. This limited issue commemorative coin has been struck in .925 sterling silver to proof quality and is limited to 2,000 pieces. The diameter of the coin in 38.61mm and it weighs 28.28g.