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  • Jonathan Swift 2017 €15 Silver Proof Coin
  • The obverse of the coin features a design paying tribute to Gulliver's Travels
  • The reverse features the Celtic Harp

Jonathan Swift 2017 €15 Silver Proof Commemorative Coin

Article Number: P401238

  • Marking 350 years since the birth of famed writer Jonathan Swift
  • Silver 925/1000
  • Proof quality
  • Strictly limited to 2,000 pieces
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A silver literary tribute

Own a special silver tribute coin to Jonathan Swift

2017 marked the 350th anniversary of the birth of Jonathan Swift, one of Ireland's most famed writers. This silver coin, issued to mark the occasion, is ideal for lovers of literature, or those interested in Irish culture. 

The coin's design

This 15 euro silver proof coin features two giant legs astride an open book, with a tiny ship sailing through the middle. Designed by Polish designer Sebastian Mikolajczak, this playful image is in reference to Swift's most iconic work, the satirical masterpiece Gulliver's Travels. 

The reverse features a Celtic harp, and "Eire", the Gaelic word for Ireland. Also included is 2017, the year of issue. 


This silver Proof coin is housed within a plastic capsule, and arrives in an elegant presentation box. The coin is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity. 

Gulliver's Travels

Published in 1726, Swift's Gulliver's Travels was a deliberate satire on the prolific "traveller's tales" genre that was incredibly popular at the time. The tale followed explorer Lemuel Gulliver as he finds himself in a variety of bizarre new lands, each one an ironic depiction of humanity.

By Swift's own puckish admission, he wrote the novel "to vex the world rather than divert it". Almost 300 years later, it remains an incredibly popular novel, with countless screen adaptations. 

Mintage: 2,000
Year of Issue: 2017
Country of Issue: Ireland
Metal: Silver 925/1000
Quality: Proof
Mint: Central Bank of Ireland
Currency: Euro
Diameter: 38.61mm
Weight: 28.28g

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