A small amount released into circulated 18 July 2017 in
the Winchester area, BU versions.
A Lasting Love Affair:
It might surprise fans to learn that Jane Austen was almost entirely
unknown during her lifetime. Soon after she died, in 1817, aged just 41,
her works, including Emma, Persuasion, and even Pride and Prejudice, all
went out of print. It was only when her nephew, James Edward Austen-Leigh,
released A Memoir of Jane Austen in 1870 that she was born again to a
wider Victorian public. Soon the cult of Austen fans, sometimes known as ‘Janeites’,
was established and, since then, The Jane Austen Society has developed
branches across the globe. The design on the coin is a silhouette of Jane
Austen in a cameo, with regency wallpaper in the background.