H.G. Wells

H.G. Wells – The Father of Science Fiction

H.G. Wells

Using an incredible imagination and innovative storytelling techniques, H.G. Wells was able to create some of the most enduring novels of his generation. His penchant for creativity, along with his scientific background, allowed him to shatter the boundaries of fiction in the late 1800s and create a new breed of novel, pioneering the genre that would ultimately become known as science fiction (sci-fi). Today, Wells is renowned all over the world as ‘The Father of Science Fiction’. His timeless novels provided a window to the future and many of his stories and characters have become hallmarks of sci-fi to this day. In the year of the 75th anniversary of his passing, The Royal Mint is proud to celebrate this avant-garde author with a commemorative UK £2 coin in his honour.

Historic Highlight

1866 Sovereign. Issued in the birth year of H.G. Wells.

Throughout his career, H.G. Wells penned more than a hundred books covering a wide variety of genres, proving both his literary versatility and proficiency as an expert storyteller.

This coin was minted in the same year that H.G. Wells was born and would have been used in circulation at that time. 

The coin depicts the 'young head' portrait by William Wyon, one of the most celebrated engravers in the history of The Royal Mint responsible for some of the most iconic coins to ever have been struck including the famous 'Una and the Lion'.

The reverse features Jean Baptise Merlen's shield design that was minted for Queen Victoria between 1838 and 1887 and depicts a shield, adorned with a crown and a wreath. The conjoined rose, thistle, and shamrock represent England, Scotland, and Ireland. 

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1866 Queen Victoria Young Head Shield back

Price: £630.00

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