This silver proof coin was issued to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Samuel Beckett. The reverse of the coin features a stylised portrait of Beckett which endeavours to capture his distinct dramatic pose. Equally dramatic is the depiction on the coin of his most famous work ‘Waiting for Godot’. The haunting quality of the two figures under the tree is echoed in Beckett’s portrait. Samuel Barclay Beckett is considered to be one of the leading dramatists and writers of the twentieth century. Born in Dublin in 1906 and educated at Trinity College where he studied modern languages, he later moved to Paris where he took up a role as lecturer in English. In 1930 he published his first poem, Whoroscope. This was followed by a series of short stories, More Pricks than Kicks (1934) and a novel, Murphy, in 1938. In the period following the Second World War Beckett produced his most acclaimed and celebrated work including perhaps his most famous play, Waiting for Godot. With increased worldwide appreciation of his work, he was honoured with the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969. He died in Paris in 1989.“The design of these coins serves to commemorate the great Samuel Beckett, one of Ireland’s leading literary figures. Here Beckett’s stylised face endeavours to capture his distinct and dramatic pose. Its presence is imperative to the coin’s design. Equally dramatic is his most famous work ‘Waiting for Godot’ which is also depicted here. The haunting quality of the two figures under the tree is echoed in Beckett’s portrait.” - Emmet Mullins. This collector coin is part of the 2006 Europa Coin Programme, celebrating Famous Europeans, and the coin bears the Europa symbol.