The Central Bank of Ireland has released their third and final coin in the immensely popular series entitled “Modern Irish Musicians,” which focused on the country’s most well-known singing stars who were acclaimed in Ireland and internationally. The third coin focuses on the co-founder and band member of The Dubliners, Luke Kelly (1940–1983), which was originally scheduled to go on sale in 2020 and coincided with his 80th birthday anniversary, but was delayed due to disruptions resulting from the impact of COVID-19 and operational challenges. The other two coins in this series featured Rory Gallagher in 2018 and Phil Lynott in 2019. The coin was launched by Irish President Michael D Higgins at St. Lawrence O’ Toole School, the boyhood academy where Kelly attended and in the presence of remaining members of the Dubliners band.
Designed by Mary Gregoriy, the coins are dated 2020, with the obverse side including a contemporary image of Kelly depicted with his trademark flowing locks of curly hair and facing three-quarters to the left. To the left of the portrait is a banjo, one of the instruments Kelly is known for, and also included in the design are the masks of comedy and tragedy, representing entertainment and the styles of songs the Dubliners were known to perform. The text Luke Kelly and the years 1940 – 1984 are placed along the lower-left edge. The reverse side depicts the national insignia of Ireland, the cláirseach (or Celtic harp), which is centred. The text EIRE and 2020 are positioned on either side of the harp.
|28.4 g||38.6 mm||Proof||
The coins are encapsulated and presented in a custom case branded with the Central Bank of Ireland’s logo and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. For additional information, please visit the Central Bank’s retail website.