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Royal Mint launches illiterate HG Wells coin with four-legged Martian tripod (news).

January 5, 2021 | By | 1 Reply More

The War of the Worlds and The Invisible Man were the two HG Wells tomes chosen to celebrate the life of the original science fiction author by the Royal Mint for their new just released coin (along with a nod to the Time Machine with a little sun-dial detailing around the edges).

However, the new £2 coin, created to mark the 75 years point after the death of Wells, has caused ire among fans of Wells’ work because the Royal Mint oddly created the tripod of the Martian war machine with four legs – as opposed to the boringly traditional three.

Four legs bad. Three legs good?

Apologies to Animal Farm.

 

Royal Mint launch illiterate HG Wells coin with four-legged Martian tripod (news).

Royal Mint launch illiterate HG Wells coin with four-legged Martian tripod (news).

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Category: Scifi, Steampunk

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Colonel Frog is a long time science fiction and fantasy fan. He loves reading novels in the field, and he also enjoys watching movies (as well as reading lots of other genre books).

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  1. Mark Lambert says:

    Looks like they actually know what they are doing. From the Royal Mint site :

    “My design takes inspiration from a variety of machines featured in the book – including tripods and the handling machines which have five jointed legs and multiple appendages. The final design combines multiple stories into one stylized and unified composition that is emblematic of all of H.G. Well’s work and fits the unique canvas of a coin.”

    Is this the right decision? I admit it seems odd at first. But your headline is a bit misleading to call them illiterate.

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