Exclusive Interview with Tom Fitzgerald, Designer of Ireland’s 2013 John F. Kennedy Gold and Silver Coins

July 5, 2013 in Coins, Commemorative, Design, Gold, Gold Coins, News, Silver, Silver Coins

July 5, 2013 By Michael Alexander (

During my visit to New Ross, County Wexford, and just after the official launch ceremonies for the collector coins issued by the Central Bank of Ireland to mark the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s visit to Ireland, I was able to sit down with the designer of the coins. The design was entrusted to well-known Irish Artist Tom Fitzgerald who has cultivated quite a name for himself as a sculptor and working with oils and canvas. His coin design was inspired by some of President Kennedy’s most memorable photographs and images produced at the height of his world-wide popularity and the result is a starkly vivid and almost nostalgic depiction of the 35th American President – the first US head of state ever depicted on an Irish coin.

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