The visionary science fiction stories of HG Wells have stood the test of time. The author behind The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man, The Island of Doctor Moreau and The Time Machine is receiving a tribute coin from the UK’s Royal Mint. This is a good idea, but Wells fans have noticed some potential issues with the design.
The £ 2 coin works with an emphasis on the War of Wales and The Invisible Man, as does no face between the suit and the top hat. It is part of the war that is the main subject of investigation.
The Royal Mint makes UK official coins, but also mints coins from other countries. The Wales Tribute Coin Monument is part of the mint annual set series of coins.
In The War of the Worlds, the narrator sees an invading Martian fighting machine as “a monstrous tripod, more than many houses, passing over young cedar trees, and gives them a smashing answer in their careers; shiny metal A running engine of… ”.
The coin features stracing, demonic and shining metal parts, but does not have a quadrilateral and a tripod. Wells fans were quick to call it online. On Monday, a commentator on the Royal Mint’s Facebook page wrote, “This is absolutely ridiculous. The Martian Fighting Machine is a tripod. Everyone with a little knowledge of the story knows it. It’s iconic.”
Designer Chris Costello won a competition to design the coin, stating that he wanted to create something original and contemporary based on “War of the Worlds”.
There is an artistic explanation for the look of the machine. Costello said in a Royal Mint statement, “My design draws inspiration from the various machines featured in the book – including tripods and handling machines, with five joint legs and several appendages.”
The Invisible Man on the coin also raised a few eyebrows thanks to the top hat. Wells describes the invisible man’s head shoe in the book as a soft felt hat that hides every inch of his face.
HG Wells Society vice president Adam Roberts, who wrote a biography of Wales, One tweet noted both discrepancies And in an interview with CNN.
Costello posted a statement on his website saying that many styles of hats were discussed, but the top hat prevailed as an iconic fashion statement from the Victorian era.
Costello wrote, “The final design combines several stories into a stylized and unified composition that embodies all of HG Well’s work and fits the unique canvas of a coin.”