John Lennon Honored with U.K. Coin

John-LennonJohn Lennon has joined an elite group of famous United Kingdom personalities to have their images in special coins after the Beatles front man was honored with a commemorative coin by the Royal Mint.

Lennon defeated other contenders for the special coin in a public voting, thanks to his hordes of fans who used social networks and e-mail to elicit support for the rock icon. Lennon is now in the same league as William Shakespeare, Charles Darwin, and Winston Churchill, who all had their own special coins in the past.

“It’s entirely fitting that John Lennon has been chosen by the public in what would have been his 70th year,” Director of Commemorative Coin at the Royal Mint Dave Knight said.

The special silver coins show Lennon in his trademark glasses and long hair. The coins have a regular value of 5 U.K. pounds or around $8 each, although the Royal Mint will be selling them for around $72 apiece.