Ireland Remembers Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott with Commemorative Coin

 HAMMERSMITH ODEON Photo of THIN LIZZY and Phil LYNOTT, Phil Lynott performing on stage, full length (Photo by Pete Cronin/Redferns)
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In Ireland, rock and roll never forgets. The late Irish music legend, Phil Lynott of 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees Thin Lizzy, was honored today (November 27) with the launch of his very own commemorative coin. The coin, minted by the Central Bank of Ireland, was officially unveiled by Irish President Michael D. Higgins. It commemorates 70 years since Lynott's birth in 1949. See an image of the coin below.

Phil Lynott Coin

Speaking to an assembled crowd outside of Lynott's childhood school, St. Kevin's College in the Crumlin area of Dublin, President Higgins said that the rocker was “not likely to be forgotten,” and it was “so appropriate” to hold the ceremony “in his beloved Crumlin" (via The Irish Times).

In attendance at the ceremony: Lynott's daughters, Sarah and Kathleen Lynott.

Sarah and Kathleen Lynott with Phil Lynott coin.
(photo by Tom Honan/courtesy of The Irish Times)


The coin, which retailed for 15 pounds, was an immediate sell-out when it was made available to the general public this morning. According to Hot Press, the collector's item is already fetching as much as 300 pounds on the resale market.

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