Now even COINS have to be sexy
Before the whole Jane Austen banknote debacle, nobody really considered pictures on money as being a contentious issue involving rape/bomb threats. ‘Bonneted slaaaaaag!’ cried little trolls who can’t read. ‘What’s she done apart from writing hugely influential comic social satire? I’m gunna send her a threatenin' tweet as soon as my mum goes to Asda!’
Now it seems that things are heating up at the Royal Mint, too, with the introduction of a redesigned, bare breasted Britannia.
The Royal Mint say that one in four Britons wouldn’t know Britannia if she speared them with her fork and put them on the BBQ, so they commissioned sculptor Robert Hunt to give her an extra lease of life - and a free ranging left breast. Robert Hunt thinks it symoblises the nurturing side of womanhood, along with ‘unashamed beauty and strength.’ Others think it’s all a bit Katie Price with a trident and an owl.
Of course, it’s completely unsexy - unless you have an owl fetish – and the bare breast is just a common or garden Greek mythology boob. But as we’re British, it's bound to cause a snigger amongst teenage boys looking for 'wankspiration.'
Prices for the Britannia coin start at £39 for two silver coins, and £100 for a gold one. I wonder whether they'll come in modesty bags?