The Central Bank Of Ireland have announced that they’ll release a limited edition €15 silver proof coin next month in honour of Thin Lizzy great Phil Lynott.
The iconic vocalist and bassist would have celebrated his 70th birthday this year, with the bank set to release 3000 coins on 27 November. The coin, which will be priced at €65, will be available to purchase through the central bank’s official website.
The new Lynott coin is the second in a three coin series titled ‘Modern Irish Musicians’, which began with Rory Gallagher in 2018 and will continue with The Dubliners’ co-founder Luke Kelly in 2020.
The first Lynott coin will be presented to President Michael D Higgins at St. Kevin’s College in Crumlin – Lynott’s old secondary school.
Earlier this month, two €1 stamps – one featuring a portrait of Lynott and the other showing the cover of Thin Lizzy’s Black Rose album, went on sale in Ireland. The pair of stamps were launched to celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary.
Elsewhere in Thin Lizzy news, it was revealed back in January that a film about Lynott’s life was being planned. Titled Phil Lynott: Songs For While I’m Away, the new documentary will be directed by Irish film-maker Emer Reynolds, who’ll be joined by producers Alan Maher and John Wallace of Cowtown Pictures, while Peter Worsley of Eagle Rock Films is also involved.
Emer Reynolds said: “Having been a huge Thin Lizzy fan throughout my life, it’s an incredible honour to be bringing this celebratory and intimate portrait of lead singer and songwriter Philip Lynott to the big screen.”
The director’s recent credits include Voyager documentary The Farthest which won numerous awards including an Emmy in 2017.
The new Phil Lynott film is set to feature contributions from Thin Lizzy’s Scott Gorham, Eric Bell and Darren Wharton, Metallica’s James Hetfield, U2’s Adam Clayton, Huey Lewis, Suzi Quatro and more.