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Shakespeare, Battle of Hastings on 2016 British coins

William Shakespeare, the Great Fire of London and the Battle of Hastings will all appear this year on the new designs for £2 and 50p coinsWilliam Shakespeare, the Great Fire of London and the Battle of Hastings will appear on British coins this year, marking major anniversaries in the country’s history, The Royal Mint announced Friday. The centenary of World War I and Beatrix Potter will also be commemorated on special coins marking “key moments, organisations and people that have shaped the nation,” the mint said. Three different £2 coins will mark 400 years of Shakespeare’s literary legacy since the death of the English language’s foremost playwright in 1616.

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