Agatha Christie : 100 Years of Mystery 2020 UK £2 Gold Proof Coin
This mysterious Gold Proof two-pound coin, released in 2020 by The Royal Mint, commemorates 100 years of world-renowned author and 'Queen of Crime', Dame Agatha Christie. Over 2 billion Christie novels have sold to date and she is most remembered for her crime-solving characters; Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot. Designed by sculptor David Lawrence, this special edition coin features the hallmark clues of an Agatha Christie murder novel - the weapons, the pen and the missing piece of the puzzle - alongside her author's signature. The coin's obverse hosts the 5th Portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II by Jody Clark. Designer David Lawrence also paid homage to Christie's most famous character, Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot. An inscription on the coin reads 'LITTLE GREY CELLS', a well-known phrase of Poriot in reference to his own high intelligence. The coin is encased in a bespoke presentation box with an accompanying booklet bursting with detective's clues in the trademark Christie style.
Born Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller in 1890, Torquay, to a wealthy middle class family, the budding author, unusually for the time, taught herself to read aged just five-years-old. Married to husband Archibald 'Archie' Christie in 1914, she became Agatha Christie, and worked for a Red Cross Hospital during WWI. Meanwhile, Archie was posted to France. On his return, they had a daughter, Rosalind. Christie began writing in response to a bet from her sister, Madge. Her first published novel is the inspiration behind this commemorative coin, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, which introduced us to her beloved Belgian detective character, Hercule Poirot. The author hit the headlines for her own mysterious disappearance in 1926, when she was gone for 11 days, evoking a nationwide manhunt. Christie was later found in a Harrogate hotel suffering from amnesia. Dame Agatha Christie wrote 66 novels, over 150 short stories, and the world's longest running play, The Mousetrap. Her last public appearance was at the film premiere of Murder on the Orient Express, an adaptation of one of her most distinguished books.
In 2020, The Royal Mint paid tribute to Dame Agatha Christie's legacy, on the 100th anniversary of her first published novel. The result was this 100 Years of Mystery commemorative £2 Gold Proof coin, accompanied by a Silver Proof and a Brilliant Uncirculated version. The design of the coins are an intricate homage to the best-selling novelist of all time with fine details that collectors will love to inspect closely.