W.B. Yeats Silver Collector Coin issued

Limited issue €15 Silver Proof W.B. Yeats coin issued by the Central Bank in conjunction with the Department of Finance.

Yeats-coin-in-case-with-certThese historic €15 collector coins are beautifully minted and are a fitting tribute to the celebrated Irish poet William Butler Yeats. The design features W.B. Yeats as the artist, the poet and the romantic.

The strands of his hair entwine with the linnets and bees, from his much-loved poem, ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’. 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 only 8,000 silver coins.

W.B. Yeats is renowned as one of the most important figures in 20th Century literature. These coins are expected to be in high demand. If you wish to acquire one for your collection do not delay.

The coin will be launched on 3 June 2015 and orders will be despatched shortly after the launch. Coins go on sale to the general public from 4 June 2015.

”Designs in connection with
postage stamps and coinage may
be described, I think, as the silent
ambassadors on national taste.”
WB Yeats

“The design tries to make a visual poem with rhythm and beat. Not with words but with pictures. Apart from the actual portrait, which does have quite a bit of detail, the design has been kept as sparse as possible to make the face stand out.” Mary Gregoriy.

Mary Gregoriy, sculptor, studied Fine Art at the Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork. In 1998 Mary was selected as Student of the Year and that same year placed third in the British Art Medal Society’s student medal programme sparking an interest in designing coins and medals. Mary has designed a number of coins for Ireland including those commemorating James Joyce and Ireland’s Celtic Culture.

Further information from: Collector Coin Unit, Central Bank of Ireland. coinsets@centralbank.ie