THE GRANDNEPHEW of literary genius James Joyce is insulted by a blunder on a commermorative coin which misquotes the author, Mary Cody writes.
Grandnephew John Joyce, who is well known in Kilkenny and lived in the city for over eight years said that the misquoting of his granduncle is ‘completely ridiculous’.
“How could someone get something so wrong. To think that you could put another word in and change the context is completely ridiculous.
“I am insulted that anyone would change anything. When you are doing something like this you would think that one would be more careful. It is very careless of whoever produced it and had it minted. It is nonsense. The coins should be recalled, remelted and reprinted.”
Mr Joyce said he also had an issue with the image of his granduncle smiling on the coin. “He never smiled. He always wanted to look serious. This image is not keeping with his memory and it takes away from his character,” he added.
Government officials have already admitted that it contains an error in the quotation used from the third episode of Ulysses.
The €10 coin features an image of the writer and a quote from Ulysses, which contains an extra word - “that”.
Joyce wrote: “Ineluctable modality of the visible: at least that if no more, thought through my eyes. Signatures of all things I am here to read.”
However, the coin contains a surplus “that” in the second sentence.
The Central Bank said that the coin was an artistic representation of the author and the text, and was not intended as a literal representation.
It also said that it accepted there was an issue with its internal processes and was reviewing those processes.
The coin remains on sale, but the Central Bank said it will inform purchasers of the error in advance.
Anyone who has already bought the coin and wishes to return it, will be given a full refund of the €46 purchase price.
he coin sold out on Friday, just two days after 10,000 were issued.