Posted on 01/08/2021 at 02:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The British Royal Mint, already under fire for the imagery it chose for an HG Wells commemorative coin, has a new criticism.

The quote it selected — “Good books are warehouses of ideas” — doesn’t actually appear in any of Wells’s writings, though it’s widely attributed to him online.

The Guardian reports that scholars dug through all of Wells’s known papers to find that he did in fact write “Good books are the warehouses of ideals” in an obscure novel.

In response to the paper’s questions about the method and reason for selecting the quote, the Royal Mint said that it was “widely associated with HG Wells.” 

Read more about the Wells coin controversy and other missteps from the mint in the Guardian.

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