H.G. Wells is one of the most iconic names in literature. The English writer lived from 1866 to 1946, and wrote science fiction novels that have stood the test of time. He’s the man behind titles like
So it’s only right that the UK’s Royal Mint would someday issue a commemorative coin in honor of H.G. Wells. And that time has come. To mark the 75th anniversary of the author’s passing, Royal Mint issued a £2 coin featuring iconography from his famous works. Unfortunately, as many have pointed out on social media and in the press, the coin features a host of errors. The biggest one being the depiction of the tripods from Wells’
The tripod thing isn’t the only issue with the coin, either. As writer Adam Roberts pointed out on Twitter, the use of a top hat for
Several people have tweeted this into my timeline, so I might add: not only did Wells' Tripods have *three* legs, Griffin, his invisible man, does not wear a top hat (he arrives at Iping, face bandaged under a "wide-brimmed hat"). So it's two for two. https://t.co/3HhuhWHd1Z— Adam Roberts (@arrroberts) January 5, 2021
This particular error is slightly less notable than the tripod thing, but still kind of interesting. The tripods and invisible man as they’re described in H.G. Wells’ text are some of the most iconic images in all of literature. We get wanting to offer up a stylistic impression of the author’s writing, but when there’s a legitimate fact error involved, it’s sort of unforgivable.
That doesn’t exactly clear anything up, but at least they’re aware of the complaints. Too bad they’re already immortalized.