This summer, we reported that Beatles legend, John Lennon, was in the running to have this face royally cemented forever on the United Kingdom’s limited edition Royal Mint coins. Garnering an unprecedented 92 percent of the votes, Lennon gave other famous contenders such as Jane Austen and Sir Walter Raleigh no room to cash in on their votes. Lennon proved that “all you need is love” and a celebratory 70th birthday year to be a mint.
[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]John Lennon[/lastfm] will appear on a commemorative £5 ($8) coin alongside William Shakespeare, Sir Winston Churchill, Charles Darwin and Florence Nightingale.
The Royal Mint’s director of communications, Dave Knight, agrees that the public made a fantastic choice: “It’s entirely fitting that John Lennon has been chosen by the public in what would have been his 70th year. The massive proportion of the vote he received shows clearly just how much his untimely death still resonates with the nation.”
A one-off 24-carat gold version is to be given to the John Lennon Estate, while the rest of the 5,000 coins will retail for about £44.99 ($72).