A limited edition £5 British coin featuring John Lennon is now available from the Royal Mint.
In July, the Royal Mint asked the public to choose their favourite Great Briton from a short list of six influential people in British history.
The former Beatle won by a landslide, with 92% of the vote (27,874 out of 30,267 votes), ahead of novelist Jane Austin, political activist Emmeline Pankhurst, engineer/inventor John Logie Baird, WWII fighter ace Douglas Bader and aristocrat Sir Walter Raleigh.
“It’s entirely fitting that John Lennon has been chosen by the public in what would have been his 70th year,” Dave Knight, director of Commemorative Coin at the Royal Mint, said according to the Associated Press. “The massive proportion of the vote he received shows clearly just how much his untimely death still resonates with the nation. He ranks alongside, and even ahead of, some of the greatest names in history.”
Lennon joins a prestigious list that includes William Shakespeare, Winston Churchill, Charles Darwin and Florence Nightingale, among other important British figures who have been honored with coins.
An instantly recognizable portrait of John Lennon is featured on the reverse with the cameo inset bearing the strings of his guitar.
Struck in sterling silver to Proof quality, the coin comes in a splendid display case complete with a Certificate of Authenticity guaranteeing the specifications of the coin and paying tribute to the genius of John Lennon.
Only 5,000 coins have been issued, plus a one-off 24-carat gold version of the coin, which will be given to Lennon's estate.
£5 Lennon coins can be purchased for £44.99 (about $72).
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