2013 James Joyce 10 Euro Silver Proof Coin

April 10, 2013 in Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Euro Coins, Irish Coins, News, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

April 9, 2013 By Michael Alexander (

James Joyce 10 Euro Commemorative Coin

James Joyce 10 Euro Commemorative Coin

The Central Bank of Ireland will launch (10th April) a new coin which honors one of the country’s most creative and influential writers. The new silver crown is issued as part of the EUROPA Silver Star initiative – and this year’s topic for the program is dedicated to featuring well-known artists in several fields. Ireland’s contribution to this series is that of James Joyce (1882 – 1941) considered to be one of the most influential writers in the modernist avant-garde genre of the early 20th century. Joyce is best known for his novel Ulysses published in 1922 which was a landmark work in which the episodes of Homer’s Odyssey are paralleled in an array of contrasting literary styles. Other major works are the short-story collection Dubliners published in 1914.

Born in Dublin, James Joyce was the eldest of ten surviving children. He excelled as a student at the Jesuit schools Clongowes and Belvedere, progressing to University College Dublin. In his early twenties he emigrated permanently to continental Europe, making his home during some periods in Trieste, Paris and eventually settling permanently in Zurich. Though most of his adult life was spent abroad, Joyce’s fictional universe did not extend far beyond Dublin and was influenced greatly by characters who closely resembled family members, enemies and friends from his time there. In 1998, the Modern Library – the American publisher of Joyce’s works ranked Ulysses at Number 1, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man at Number 3, and Finnegans Wake at number 77 on their list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. Joyce was also named one of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th century by TIME magazine in 1999. Joyce was last seen on Irish currency when he was portrayed on the £10 banknote issued in 1993.

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