This page contains information about the coin struck to mark the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens.You can use the coin quick links below to find key information fast.
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Charles Dickens was born in 1812 in Portsmouth. When his father was taken to a debtor's prison, Dickens had to leave school and work in a factory. Although he didn't have much of an education, he wrote hundreds of articles and short stories, and 15 novels amongst other literary works. In addition to this, he campaigned for children's rights and other social reforms such as education. His work was incredibly popular during his lifetime, and he is today regarded as a great novelist of the Victorian era. Dickens died in 1870, and is buried in Westminster Abbey.
2012 marks the 200th anniversary of his birth, with a £2 coin showing the outline of Dickens' face made up of the titles of his work. The obverse is by Ian Rank-Broadley. The edge inscription 'SOMETHING WILL TURN UP' is a quote from Dickens' work and represents an optimism that there will be a solution when it is needed.
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No mint errors for this coin have been confirmed by The Royal Mint.