200 years after her death, one of Britain’s best-loved novelists, Jane Austen, has been honoured on a new UK £2 coin issued by The Royal Mint this week.
Although she was virtually unknown during her lifetime, her books have grown into a global phenomenon and translated into more than 40 languages with dozens of popular film adaptations. Jane Austen’s appearance on the new £2 coin has been warmly received by the British public who have long adored her influential work.
The coin itself features a silhouette profile of Jane Austen, which was a popular style of portrait during the Regency era in which she lived accompanied by her signature and the anniversary dates 1817-2017. The edge of the coin is inscribed with a fitting quote from her novel Northanger Abbey: There is no doing without money.
It’s not surprising the coin has captured the hearts of the British public who will be eagerly checking their change when it enters circulation later this year.
But the good news for the more discerning collector is that The Royal Mint have already released some very limited collector editions of this coin including a Silver Proof and a Silver Piedfort version. Limited to just 5,000 and 2,500 respectively, these are likely to be the most sought-after UK collector coins issued this year.
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