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JFK coins mark 50 years since his visit

THE Central Bank has launched two new coins to mark the 50th anniversary of JFK's visit to Ireland.

It comes just two months after an embarrassing error in a commemorative €10 coin which misquoted James Joyce.

The two new collector coins, a €10 silver proof coin and a €20 gold proof coin, have both been issued.

The coins feature an iconic portrait of John F Kennedy, the first President of the United States to appear on an Irish coin.

Central Bank Director of Financial Operations Maurice McGuire said: 'It is very appropriate that we launch this coin in New Ross today because it was on this very day 50 years ago that the President made the historic visit to his ancestral home, which has had such a lasting impact on the people of Ireland."