Let’s be honest – who doesn’t love a gorgeous collector’s item? Combine that with one of our favourite literary icons, and you have yourself an item we’d love to get our hands on.
So great news – the Royal Mint is releasing a new commemorative £2 coin in the UK featuring historic author Jane Austen, for 2017.
The coins are being released on 18th July, marking the 200th anniversary of the author’s death, in order to celebrate her life and works – including the acclaimed Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice.
They’ll first be released at locations around Basingstoke, where Jane was born, and Winchester, where the author spend the last eight years of her life. But if you’re not nearby these two locations, don’t panic, as they’ll be released at other locations throughout the year too.
Discussing the new Jane Austen coins, Director of the Royal Mint Museum Dr Kevin Clancy said, “Jane Austen’s novels were well known for their treatment of subjects such as money, with stories often focused on wealth and social status, so it is apt that this well-loved British author will now be featured on UK coinage.”
(The Royal Mint)
But it’s not the only form of currency the beloved author will be featured on this year. It was also confirmed by the Bank of England that Ms. Austen will be taking pride of place on the £10 note from September 2017.
While the notes will only be out in public circulation in the autumn, the Bank of England will release a first look at the special notes in July. The notes “will recognise her universal appeal and enduring contribution to English literature.”
The commemorative £2 coins will be on sale at The Royal Mint website, and you can find them here.
Prices range from £10 for the uncirculated coin, to a huge £830 for a gold coin. Mark the 18th July in your diary, because these probably won’t be around for long!