FANS of Lyme Regis fossil hunter Mary Anning are hoping to see her face on the new £50 note.
Members of the public are being asked for their suggestions of who should appear on the new £50 note, as well as Her Majesty The Queen.
Nominees must have contributed to the field of science and “have shaped thought, innovation, leadership or values in the UK”, and must “inspire people, not divide them”. Nominees must also be deceased, as the only exception to this on printed money is the Queen.
Lyme Regis residents and palaeontology enthusiasts have put Mary Anning’s name forward. Born in Lyme Regis in 1799, she was a fossil collector, dealer and paleontologist who became known around the world for her significant finds in Lyme’s Jurassic cliffs, including the first ichthyosaur skeleton.
Nominations for Mary Anning to appear on the £50 note are being encouraged by the Mary Anning Rocks campaign group, which is currently trying to raise funds to see a statue of the fossil hunter erected in Lyme Regis.
To vote for Mary to appear on the £50 note, visit www.bankofengland.co.uk/banknotes/50-pound-note-nominations
For more information on the Mary Anning Rocks campaign, visit www.maryanningrocks.co.uk