Wednesday 21 February 2018

Central Bank admits error as it misquotes James Joyce on limited-edition coin

The coins, of which 10,000 will be minted, will be sold for €46 each
The coins, of which 10,000 will be minted, will be sold for €46 each

Andrew Trotman

The Central Bank says it regrets an embarrassing error on a limited-edition €10 silver coin.

The special coin features a picture of writer James Joyce, along with a quote from his epic novel Ulysses. However, the Central Bank incorrectly reprinted the passage of text.

The coin, of which 10,000 will be minted and sold for €46 each, displays the words: "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."

But the line from the third chapter of Joyce's work, published in 1922, does not contain the word "that" in the second sentence, and simply reads: "Signatures of all things I am here to read."

This morning, the Central Bank told RTE the rror was regrettable but insisted the coin would stay on sale.

The bank will warn purchasers in advance about the error and said it would review its internal processes for the future.

At the launch, central bank Governor Patrick Honohan said: "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 was struck at Mayer’s Mint, in Germany.


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