Charles Dickens coin to mark his 200 birth anniversary

December 7th, 2011 - 9:41 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Dec 7 (IANS) A two pound coin featuring a portrait of British literary genius Charles Dickens will come into use next spring to mark his 200th birth anniversary.

Dickens is seen in profile, with typography making up his portrait, using the titles of his greatest works, including “Oliver Twist”, “Great Expectations”, “David Copperfield” and “A Christmas Carol”, the Daily Express reported.

It has been produced by the Royal Mint.

On the edge of the coin is an inscription of the quotation “Something Will Turn Up”, spoken by Wilkins Micawber in David Copperfield.

Artist Matthew Dent said: “I wanted the design to reference both the immense contribution Dickens has made to British literature and his iconic portrait.”

“The visual reference for the portrait was based on a bust of a bearded Dickens which is part of the collection of the Charles Dickens Museum in London.”

“The typography uses several different typefaces, from ones that would have existed during his lifetime, to ones that were designed since his death.

“This symbolises his enduring popularity,” the Express quoted Dent as saying.

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