€15 Commemorative Coin celebrates 350th anniversary of Jonathan Swift

30 November 2017 Press Release


·      Limited edition silver coin issued commemorating the life of one of Ireland’s best known authors, Jonathan Swift


·      Commemorative Coin launched on the 350th anniversary of Jonathan Swift’s birth on 30 November 1667


·      Coin available to purchase for €60 on collectorcoins.iefrom December 7th


The Central Bank of Ireland has launched the Jonathan Swift €15 Silver Proof limited edition commemorative coin, on the 350th anniversary of the famous author’s birth on 30 November 1667. The silver coin commemorates the author with imagery from his most famous work, Gulliver’s Travels, struck in .925 sterling silver. The coin was launched at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin. 



The Irish satirist and essayist served as Dean of St. Patrick’s for over 30 years, where, on his death in 1745 at the age of 78 he was also interred. Swift left his life’s fortune to the founding of St. Patrick's Hospital, the first psychiatric hospital in Ireland, which still serves the people of Ireland to this day.



An open competition was held for coin designs, with the winning design by Polish artist Sebastian Mikolajczak showing Gulliver standing on an opened book, Gulliver’s Travels.



The Jonathan Swift coin will available to buy for €60 from December 7th. It has a limited issue of 2,000 pieces. Coins can be bought from collectorcoins.ie.