An honor befalling Charles Dickens is in the works in the United Kingdom to celebrate the bicentennial birthday of the celebrated writer. A two-pound uncirculated collectible coin is now available from the Royal Mint’s website. The new coin will feature a portrait of the novelist made up by a few of his most famous titles.
The design unveiled Tuesday is an innovative portrait by artist Matthew Dent that combines David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, and A Christmas Carol, etc., to form a silhouette of Dickens’ profile. The image resembles a bust that is on display at the Charles Dickens Museum in London.
Turner Classic Movies is also honoring the work of Charles Dickens by running cinema based on the writings of this literary giant. Every Monday in December, TCM is airing fabulous movies featuring Freddie Bartholomew, W.C. Fields, Lionel Barrymore, Ronald Colman, Edna May Oliver, Claude Rains, Alastair Sim, Gene Lockhart, C. Aubrey Smith, and Reginald Owen (among others) sharing the celebrated words of Dickens.
Coins will be circulated early next year to mark the 200th birthday of the Victorian scribe on February 7, 2012.
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