Commemorative coin celebrating Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott to be released

The special coin will bear the frontman’s likeness.

Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott performing on stage.

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Ireland’s Central Bank has announced that it will issue a special commemorative coin to honour Phil Lynott, the ate frontman of Thin Lizzy.

The special coin will be limited to 3,000 pieces at a face value of €15 each, and will be unveiled at St Kevin’s College in Crumlin, Dublin – Lynott’s former school on 26 November – where students will also perform a medley of Phil Lynott and Thin Lizzy songs. The commemoration marks 70 years since Lynott’s birth.

The coins are part of a three-year series titled “Modern Irish Musicians”. Other notable tributes to Lynott include two commemorative stamps celebrating Thin Lizzy’s 50th anniversary announced last month, and a statue erected by Lynott’s mother, Philomena, at Dublin city centre in 2005.

Lynott played bass and sang lead vocals for Thin Lizzy from 1969 until his death in 1986. Over the years, Lynott’s songs have been covered by the likes of Henry Rollins, Huey Lewis and Metallica. 

Thin Lizzy has recently been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame next year, alongside other first-time nominees like Soundgarden, Motörhead and T-Rex. In an interview with MisplacedStraws.com, Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham revealed that even thought he never really thought about the possibility of the Dublin band being inducted, though he is certainly grateful for the recognition. “If it ever happens, that would be great,” he said.

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