The people of Great Britain have spoken and overwhelmingly selected John Lennon to be immortalized on a new limited edition coin. The late Beatle won the Royal Mint’s public vote, as part of their “Great Briton” series. Winning with 92% of the vote, Lennon beat the likes of Jane Austin, John Logie Baird and Walter Raleigh, reports NPR.
John Lennon is set to appear on a new commemorative £5 coin. The legendary rock star will join the likes of William Shakespeare, Winston Churchill, Charles Darwin, Florence Nightingale among British luminaries, whose images have graced special coins.
“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 coins at Royal Mintsaid. “The massive proportion of the vote he received shows clearly just how much his untimely death still resonates with the nation.”
Only 5,000 coins have been issued, plus a one-off 24-carat gold version of the coin, which will be given to John Lennon’s estate. The price of the coin is £44.99. For more information visit RoyalMint.com.
On October 9th, fans from around the world paid respect to John Lennon on what would have been his 70th birthday. A number of tribute concerts took place and even a memorial statue was unveiled in Liverpool.
- John Lennon coin issued by UK Royal Mint (sfgate.com)
- Yoko: John Lennon Still Helps Me (huffingtonpost.com)