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HG Wells fans slap mistakes on the new Royal Mint commemorative coin


HG Wells fans slammed a Royal Mint commemorative coin in memory of the science fiction writer after his legendary tripod war machines were illustrated with an extra leg.

Eagle-eyed readers asked how the new £ 2 coin, marking the 75th anniversary of the writers 'death and inspired by The War of the Worlds and The Invisible Man, could contain a number of flaws far from Wells' creations are away.

Fans also criticized the portrayal of the invisible man showing him in a top hat, although the novel describes him arriving in Iping, West Sussex with a face under a "wide-brimmed hat".

Artist Holly Humphries asked why the famous creatures known for their tripod bodies were illustrated with four legs.

HG Wells fans popped the £ 2 Royal Mint coin in memory of the science fiction novelist after his tripod war machines were seen with a fourth leg

She wrote on Twitter: & # 39; This is a new HG Wells £ 2 commemorative coin for 2021.

“As someone who is particularly fond of one of his very famous stories, can I only state that the big running machine on the coin has four legs? Four legs. The man famous for making the Martian tripod. FOUR LEGS ?????? & # 39;

Meanwhile, science fiction writer and professor Adam Roberts of the Royal Holloway University of London joined the debate to suggest that the invisible man, whose face is completely covered by bandages, wore a "wide-brimmed hat."

He said, & # 39; Several people tweeted this on my timeline so I could add: Wells & # 39; Tripods didn't just have three legs, Griffin, his invisible man, doesn't wear a top hat (he arrives at Iping with a bandaged face under a & # 39; wide-brimmed hat & # 39;). So it's two for two. & # 39;

The coin was designed by American artist Chris Costello, who stated that he was inspired by a variety of machines featured in the book, including tripods and handling machines.

This month he unveiled the coin and said, “The characters in War of the Worlds have been portrayed many times and I wanted to create something original and contemporary.

“My design was inspired by a variety of machines featured in this book – including tripods and manipulators with five articulated legs and multiple limbs.

"The final design combines several stories into a stylized and unified composition that represents all of HG Well's work and fits on the unique canvas of a coin."

& # 39; I was very excited to discover that I won the contest for this 2 pound coin as it is my second design designed and manufactured by The Royal Mint.

Eagle-eyed readers pointed out that the monstrous creatures that invade the earth have three legs. Pictured: the monstrous creatures in the 2005 movie War of the Worlds

Eagle-eyed readers pointed out that the monstrous creatures that invade the earth have three legs. Pictured: the monstrous creatures in the 2005 movie War of the Worlds

Chris Costello, who designed the coin, said he was inspired by a variety of machines featured in the book, including tripods and handling machines.

Chris Costello, who designed the coin, said he was inspired by a variety of machines featured in the book, including tripods and handling machines.

"As an American, I am honored to be one of The Royal Mint's winning designers and I am delighted that my HG Wells design will document the legacy of this extraordinary author and visionary for years to come."

First published in 1897, the War of the Worlds is one of the most beloved science fiction works of all time and has spawned a number of films, radio plays, television programs, and even a musical.

It tells the story of two brothers in London when monstrous Martians invade the country and fight for survival.

In 2017, a sequel titled The Massacre of Mankind, set in 1920s London, described how the Martians returned to the planet after learning their lesson from their previous attempt when they were struck by the common cold.

The book was written by Stephen Baxter, best known for his collaboration with science fiction legend Terry Pratchet

At the time, Mr. Baxter said, “HG Wells is the father of modern day SF. It drew on deep traditions such as scientific horror, which goes back to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, and fantastic journeys such as Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels.

“And he had important contemporaries like Jules Verne. But Wells, more than any other writer, shaped the form and themes of modern science fiction, and through his broader work, made a profound impact on 20th century history.

"Now I am honored to celebrate his enduring, resourceful legacy more than a hundred and fifty years after he was born."

When asked about the coin’s flaws, a spokesman for The Royal Mint told The Guardian: “We have created a new £ 2 coin to celebrate the life and work of HG Wells.

"The coin shows scenes from famous works such as War of the Worlds and The Invisible Man, as imagined by designer Chris Costello."

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