Sixty years ago, John Fitzgerald Kennedy did what many said couldn’t be done: be sworn in as President of the United States by placing his hand on an Irish-Catholic Bible.
Kennedy’s Irish roots make him a beloved figure in the country of his heritage. To commemorate the 60th anniversary of that seminal moment in both U.S. and Irish history, our partner company, Euro Note Souvenir, the exclusive license-holder to print commemorative notes such as these in Ireland, has printed a limited edition of only 10,000 of these spectacular JFK Zero Euro Notes. The notes were printed in the same facility in France that prints the Euro, and Euro Note Gifts is now offering them here in the United States. The note features Kennedy at his most presidential, with the words “America’s First Irish-Catholic President” emblazoned beside him.
President Kennedy won the hearts of Ireland when he won the presidency, and again in 1963 when he made his presidential visit to Ireland. As students of history, we want to make sure that those who we honor with these special commemorative notes embody the strength and the courage of Ireland, and what better ‘profile in courage’ could we pick than JFK?
The notes are now available for sale in both Ireland and the United States. To purchase one of the notes in the United States, collectors can go to www.euronotegifts.com while supplies last. Those who want to purchase this limited-edition note may want to hurry, as considerable demand for the presidential currency is anticipated.
While JFK is no stranger to being on currency, the vast majority of it is U.S.-based. It’s a rarity to have a U.S. president on the Euro, and as such, these notes may go fast. Because of this, we doubled our typical limited-edition run and did 10,000 notes, rather than 5,000.