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2021 H G Wells Science Fiction Two Pound Silver Proof Coin

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Buy a 2021 H G Wells Science Fiction Two Pound Silver Proof Coin

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2021 was the 75th anniversary of the passing of the celebrated author H G Wells, and The Royal Mint marked the occasion with the release of several commemorative Two Pound coins. This pre-owned silver proof edition has a limited edition presentation of 1,575 and places two of Herbert George Wells' creations at the centrepiece of the reverse design. Known affectionately as 'The Father of Science Fiction' and the 'Shakespeare of science fiction', H G Wells was born in Bromley, Kent in 1866 and during his lifetime wrote over 50 novels in a range of different genres. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature four times and was also known for his commentary on wider society. Experienced coin designer Chris Costello was commissioned by the Mint for this tribute to Wells, and he places the dreaded Martian Fighting Machine from 'The War of the Worlds' and the inconspicuous Invisible Man beside each other alongside the legend '2021 H.G. WELLS'. On the outer ring a Roman numeral clock is visible, which is a nod to The Time Machine. On the other side of this £2 coin is the fifth official UK coin effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, which was designed by Jody Clark. Each coin is struck several times during production using hand-polished dies to give an incredibly pleasing proof finish. Specifications are 12.00 grams of 92.50% fine sterling silver, with a diameter of 28.40 millimetres. This pre-owned coin is available today in the original presentation box with a numbered certificate of authenticity.
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Obverse

Jody Clark's engraving of Queen Elizabeth II, which is the fifth official UK coinage portrait of the late monarch. Lettering: ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·'.

Reverse

Reverse shows a Martian Fighting Machine and The Invisible Man as imagined by Chris Costello. Outer lettering reads: 'IX X XI XII I II II' and '2021 H.G. WELLS'. Roman numerals represent The Time Machine.

Edge

The edge inscription reads 'GOOD BOOKS ARE THE WAREHOUSES OF IDEAS'.

Specification

12.00 grams of sterling silver (0.925 fine). Diameter: 28.40 millimetres. Proof finish. Face value of £2 / Two Pounds.

Presentation

Pre-owned. Issued in the original Royal Mint presentation box, accompanied with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Limited edition of 1,575.

Condition

The images provided of this product are stock photos. The coins you receive will be from the same issue and will have the same specifications. Some modern UK coins naturally develop toning or milk spots over time and these features may be present on the coin you receive. We cannot exchange coins displaying toning or milkspots.

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