Lennon honoured with limited edition coin

Updated: Oct 30, 2010, 14:23 PM IST

London: Three decades after his death, Beatles singer John Lennon`s legacy continues to live with a commemorative British coin honouring him going on sale in the UK, weeks after what would have been the legend`s 70th birthday.

The `Imagine` hit-maker was announced winner of an online vote to determine which British luminary would be honoured with a commemorative coin struck by the Royal Mint.

Lennon beat late author Jane Austen and late Scottish engineer John Logie Baird to bag the maximum votes, Contactmusic reported.

Lennon`s coin, which depicts him with long hair and sideburns and his trademark round glasses, will have a face value of USD 8 but will be sold for USD 71.63. Only 5,000
coins will be sold.

The Royal Mint also plans to produce one single coin in 24 karat gold that will be given to the star`s estate.

"It`s entirely fitting that John Lennon has been chosen by the public in what would have been his 70th year. The massive proportion of the vote he received shows clearly just how much his untimely death still resonates with the nation. He ranks alongside, and even ahead of, some of the greatest names in history," a Royal Mint spokesperson said.

Lennon, who was murdered outside of his New York apartment in 1980, would have celebrated his 70th birthday on October 9.

PTI