A new Agatha Christie £2 coin is being released to mark 100 years since her first novel

Monday, 14th September 2020, 2:22 pm
Updated Monday, 14th September 2020, 3:35 pm
According to Guinness World Records, Agatha Christie has the title of “world's best-selling fiction writer,” with estimated sales of over £2 billion (Photo: Shutterstock)

Agatha Christie is set to appear on a new £2 coin as the Royal Mint marks 100 years since the release of the Poirot creator’s first novel.

Dame Agatha’s debut, The Mysterious Affair at Styles - which introduced Detective Hercule Poirot to readers for the first time - was released in October 1920.

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Designed by David Lawrence, the new £2 coin will feature silver jigsaw puzzle pieces and have the phrase “Little grey cells” written around the edge - words first used by Detective Poirot in the novel.

Detective Poirot has remained a popular character within pop culture, and a new star-studded film adaptation of Christie novel Death on the Nile, featuring Kenneth Branagh, is set for release next month.

How much will the coin cost?

Prices for the coin will range from £10 to £1,115 for the gold version, and they will be available to buy on the Royal Mint’s website.

This year marks the 100th Anniversary of Agatha Christie’s first published novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles. Celebrate a century of mystery with the commemorative £2 coin >> https://t.co/5mygbl2Ryw#100YearsofChristie @agathachristie pic.twitter.com/FRbOLCZTWa

— The Royal Mint (@RoyalMintUK) September 14, 2020

Clare Maclennan, of the Mint, said, "This year marks the 100th anniversary of Agatha Christie's first published novel, The Mysterious Affair At Styles.

"To commemorate the significant anniversary, we are delighted to introduce this commemorative £2 coin to celebrate 100 years of mystery and honour the best-selling novelist of all time.

"The coin's design is adorned with all the hallmarks of an Agatha Christie novel, with the jigsaw pieces representing ingenious plot twists that we are all familiar with when reading her mystery novels."

Agatha Christie's great-grandson James Prichard said, "I'm delighted that the Royal Mint are honouring the work of my great-grandmother in this way.

"She was, quite simply, a genius, and it is fantastic to see her stories and characters continuing to receive such recognition 100 years after her first novel was published."

Designer, Mr Lawrence, said, “The coin was about Agatha Christie’s incredible creativity - referencing just one element from such a vast body of work would not adequately sum up her contribution to the mystery genre.

“The jigsaw turned out to be the best metaphor for an Agatha Christie mystery: the story is gradually pieced together but it is not until the final missing piece is dropped into place that the whole picture can be seen.”