A £2 coin to commemorate 250 years for the reason that beginning of Sir Walter Scott has been launched by the Royal Mint
Born in 1771, Sir Walter is understood for his contribution to literature because of his novels and poems.
Designed by textual artist Stephen Uncooked, the coin was impressed by the artist’s go to to Abbotsford, the house of Sir Walter.
On the £2 coin, the phrases “Sir Walter Scott novelist, historian and poet” are inscribed in the identical calligraphy as at Abbotsford’s grand entrance and chapel. The design additionally consists of Scott’s portrait modelled on the Scott Monument.
The Mint additionally collaborated with Matthew Maxwell Scott – the great-great-great-great grandson of the author.
Clare Maclennan, the Royal Mint’s divisional director of commemorative coin, stated: “Sir Walter Scott’s standing as one in every of Nice Britain’s best writers endures 250 years after his beginning and the anniversary celebration is an excellent event to commemorate his legacy on a £2 coin.”
Matthew Maxwell Scott, trustee at Abbotsford, stated: “I’m extraordinarily proud to see my ancestor recognised on a really particular coin from the Royal Mint – a becoming tribute throughout a yr of 250th birthday celebrations.”
Giles Ingram, CEO at Abbotsford, stated: “At Abbotsford, we had been delighted to be approached by the Royal Mint to collaborate with them on this stunning coin.”
Mr Uncooked stated: “Sir Walter Scott was such an interesting character, there have been so many routes that you possibly can discover. Being a textual artist, I’m fascinated by lettering and I selected a mix of distinctive Gothic lettering from the chapel at Abbotsford alongside some lettering utilized by Scott within the magnificent entrance to his residence.
“As for the portrait, I used the fantastic sculpture of Scott that sits inside his monument on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh.”
The coin is offered from the Mint’s web site, with costs starting from £10 for an excellent uncirculated model to £1,095 for a gold coin.