Britain marks 200th anniversary of novelist Jane Austen's death
July 18 2017 05:12 PM
Jane Austen
Royal Mint designer Dominique Evans shows the reverse of the special edition £2 coin featuring author Jane Austen, released to coincide with her death 200 years ago.


Britain marked the 200th anniversary of novelist Jane Austen's death on Tuesday with a series of events, including the unveiling of a statue of the writer and the issue of new coins and banknotes.
The lifesize bronze statue was unveiled after a ceremony in the centre of Basingstoke, in the southern English county of Hampshire, where Austen spent most of her life.
Several new books on Austen and readings of her work have also been organised to celebrate the bicentenary of Austen, who died in 1817 aged 41.
Another celebration was scheduled later Tuesday at nearby Winchester Cathedral in Hampshire, including the release of new £10 notes bearing Austen's image by Bank of England Governor Mark Carney, while the Royal Mint also issued commemorative £2 coins.
Austen was buried in Winchester Cathedral, but because of her close ties to the church rather than her fame.
Her works, which focus mostly on themes such as love, propriety and money, are ranked among the classics of English-language literature and have been filmed many times over.
They include Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Northanger Abbey, Mansfield Park, Emma, and Persuasion.

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