ALMOST 70 years after first wowing audiences with its romantic portrait of Ireland the classic John Wayne film The Quiet Man has been immortalised as part of a special limited edition “0 euro note.”
The work of Euro Note Souvenir , the special note has been officially licensed by the European Central Bank and printed by Oberthur, the French facility that prints the euro.
It has the look and feel of a euro, along with a watermark, holographic protection and UV-responsive tactile marks. On the front, the iconic image of John Wayne scooping up Maureen O’Hara can be clearly seen. Only 5,000 copies of the note will be produced.
The limited-edition note is likely to be a collector’s item to John Wayne fans, as well as those passionate about Irish culture. The 1952 film was shot on location in Ireland, largely on the grounds of Cong’s Ashford Castle.
It won two Oscars and is widely regarded as one of John Wayne’s most beloved films. The film has a devoted following, and is still shown at Ashford Castle, which has been converted into a world-famous hotel in the years since the film’s release.
“’The Quiet Man’ gave people all over the world the chance to fall in love with Ireland,” says Euro Note Souvenir Managing Director Peter Schneider.
“We believe creating a note that immortalises that moment will delight collectors and movie buffs all over the world. With travel restricted due to the coronavirus, fans of the film won’t get to come visit in person right away, so we hope this note can be the next best thing.”
Fans hoping to get their hands on the note will need to move fast with quantities of “The Quiet Man” Euro will be limited to 5,000 and it is available in the company's online shop.
Mr. Schneider, meanwhile, is available for any inquiries about the new note and about the growing trend of collecting Zero Euro notes.