Birth of a Nightmare.....
From a small print run of 500 copies in 1818, Mary Shelley's novel
Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus has become a classic of modern
literature - and a tale told and retold, time after time. The nightmare
creation was born on a stormy night, when a group of friends - including
Lord Byron and Percy Shelley - told each other ghost stories. A young Mary
Godwin, who would later marry the poet and become Mary Shelley, was also
there and her dream of a horrible creature inspired a horror story that
still fascinates today. Royal Mint coin designer Thomas T. Docherty has
created a design evoking the critical spark of life, featuring an
electrical pulse as the heart of its design.