Posted on January 5, 2021 at 8:25 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Britain’s Royal Mint is learning what Hollywood has long known (though perhaps hasn’t acted on): that readers’ beloved literature must be handled with extreme care.

A coin honoring — or attempting to honor — author HG Wells contains several errors in its imagery, according to The Guardian.

Specifically, the alien tripod from The War of the Worlds has four legs, and the titular character from The Invisible Man is wearing the wrong type of hat.

The £2 coin was released to mark seventy-five years since Wells’s death.

You can read the Royal Mint’s rather defensive response to fan complaints, as well as other commemorative-coin missteps, in The Guardian.

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