William Wordsworth

Queen Elizabeth II £5: William Wordsworth

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To mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of William Wordsworth, The Royal Mint issued this £5 coin. This is the first time that Wordsworth has been celebrated on a UK coin. He is one of the most popular poets to have written in the English language, gaining popularity during the beginning of the English Romantic period in literature. Designed by David Lawrence, designer of the 2018 and 2019 Britannia, the reverse features lines taken from one of Wordsworth’s most celebrated poems, ‘Tintern Abbey’. The obverse has features the fifth portrait of Her Majesty the Queen, designed by Royal Mint engraver Jody Clark.