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11th Apr 2013

Blooming Awful – Central Bank Misquotes Joyce’s Ulysses on Limited Edition Coin

The Central Bank has issued a limited edition coin quoting James Joyce’s Ulysses; however they managed to misquote the famous line.

It’s worth a tenner, it’ll set you back €46, and it’s got a clanger of a misprint…

The Central Bank of Ireland has minted 10,000 limited edition €10 silver coins with a quote from James Joyce and an image of the famous writer. So far, so good, and a lovely way to honour the writer. However, the coins, which are being sold for €46, could have done with a final check before they were minted. Unfortunately, the quote taken from the Joyce’s Ulysses has been incorrectly reprinted.

The quote on the coin reads “Ineluctable modality of the visible: at least that if no more, thought through my eyes. Signatures of all things that I am here to read.” However, the line is supposed to read: “Signatures of all things I am here to read.” The piece is taken from the third chapter of the famous book.

The coin was launched at a private event at Joyce’s alma mater house from when he was a student in UCD, Newman House on Stephen’s Green.

The new coin which has been released by the Central Bank

Launched by the central bank’s governor, Patrick Honahan, he commented: “The coin’s design, combining portrait and concept in an original manner, reflects Joyce’s standing as one of the leading figures in the modernist movement.”

The coin is on sale at the Bank of Ireland on Dame Street and according to the Irish Independent, was struck at Mayer’s Mint in Germany.