Along with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth is credited with helping launch the Romantic Age in English literature, when the pair collaborated on a book called Lyrical Ballads, in 1798, Coleridge contributed four works to the book, including his legendary The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, making up about a third of its length, with the bulk being works by Wordsworth.
It’s one of Wordsworth’s most famous works to which the Royal Mint has turned for inspiration and the last to be put into Lyrical Ballads before publication. Called ‘Lines Written a few miles above Tintern Abbey’, it was a poetic recollection of a trip along the banks of the River Wye with his sister. A line from the work is inscribed on the face of the coin, and it’s overlaid on a depiction of the scenery from which he drew inspiration. It’s a nice piece, suitably evoking the feelings that Wordsworth was experiencing when he wrote it. Marking 250 years since his birth, it also ironically marks 170 years since his death.
These are standard £5 coins from the mint, with a single 22ct red gold piece of 39.94 grams, a sterling silver coin of 28.28 grams, and a much cheaper base metal issue for those that just want the design. The precious metal variants are packaged in the mints standard boxes, which are of a good quality, but the base metal one is mounted to a blistercard packed with backstory. To be honest, the Royal Mint does its base metal range really well. All are available now.