Mo’ Money, Austen Style

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2017 marked the bicentenary of Austen’s death, and the birth of two new pieces of British money: a £2 coin and a £10 bank note.

The Coin

The coin, as explained by the Royal Mint:

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Unfortunately, before I left England in August I did not acquire one of these coins. They were sold in gift shops, but I chose not to purchase one. I didn’t find one in circulation, either.

Most people probably do not stop to think, “Who designed this coin?” Well, luckily I found out more about the designer when I was hunting book benches on the Sitting with Jane art trail.

Dominque Evans designed this coin, and here’s what she says inspired her. Hint: the silhouette! Evans’ sketch appears below:

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The bench, There is No Doing without Money, features Evans’ design.

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The Bank Note

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Plenty of videos and websites talk about the bank note, from its design and tactility, to its inclusion of a woman writer on the tenner. Read the Evening Standard‘s article for more information.

Check out some of the features of the new note:

The front

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The back

Screen Shot 2017-09-14 at 2.23.32 PMGood news for Brits: the bank note was released officially today! Can you believe that people are already selling them on Ebay for double the value? Get this: people are looking at the print run number to see if their note is more valuable than others, too. The lower the number, the greater the value. OMG!

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In the picture above you see my thumb and the note I held on July 18 in Winchester. I had to return it before I exited Winchester Cathedral, unfortunately. So, who wants to send me a coin and tenner? Anyone?? Pleeeeasse?

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