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The Central Bank of Ireland, almost on par with Halloween, has issued a coin that pays homage to the life of Abraham Stoker, popularly known as Bram Stoker and his most famous work, Dracula. Published in 1897, it is considered the most influential horror novel of all time, it became known worldwide after its adaptation to the cinema in an American film starring Bela Lugosi in 1931.
This edition coin limited to 3,000 units, with a facial of 15 euros, minted on 925 silver and Proof finish, was designed by David Rooney and is based on the artist's fascination with the character. His earliest influences were American comics with vampires and their disturbing content, still today is influenced by the horror genre present in literature and film. In the words of the designer, "The representation of Dracula in the design of the coin echoes the film representation of Nosferatu and the posters of Hammer Horror films of the sixties. He was eager to play with the scale of the figure looming behind the castle illuminated by the moon."
Bram Stoker was born in Clontarf, Dublin in 1847 and his interest in telling stories probably began in childhood. Stoker was a sickly child, who spent a lot of time in bed, his mother entertained him with many stories and legends, which included supernatural tales and accounts of deaths and illnesses.
To date, more than 1,000 novels and 200 films have been made about the most famous vampire, Count Dracula, which makes him the literary character most often represented in the history of cinema.
The Glasnevin cemetery provided an appropriate backdrop for the official presentation, where the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank, Sharon Donnery, presented the commemorative coin to the Minister of Finance and Public Expenditure and Reformation Pascual Donohoe. Coin designer David Rooney also received a coin at the event along with members of the Stoker family.
Lieutenant Governor Sharon Donnery said: "The Central Bank is delighted to commemorate a renowned Irish author like Bram Stoker with this silver coin. "Bram Stoker created one of the most emblematic characters of all literature and cinema, and it is right that we honor him with this coin, which represents the figure of Dracula who looks out from behind his castle illuminated by the moon in Transylvania."
The Proof quality coin is presented in a box with its certificate of authenticity. This limited edition commemorative coin has been minted in 925 sterling silver and is limited to 3,000 pieces. The diameter of the coin is 38.61 mm and it weighs 28.28 g. The sale price to which he has left in Ireland is € 60.
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