Awkward punctuation mistake in new coin
The new Brexit coin has sparked fury after being released without the proper punctuation.
Marking the UK's exit from the European Union, the historic 50p piece was ordered by Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid.
It reads: "Peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations" and carries the date of "31 January 2020".
However, social media users have been quick to point out the lack of an Oxford comma after the word prosperity.
For those who aren't experts in punctuation, an Oxford comma is used in a list after the second last item. For example: butcher, baker, and candlestick maker.
However, many believe the Oxford comma is redundant and many news outlets - news.com.au included - don't use it.
His Dark Materials author Philip Pullman tweeted: "The 'Brexit' 50p coin is missing an Oxford comma, and should be boycotted by all literate people."
The Times literary supplement editor Stig Abell added: "Not perhaps the only objection, but the lack of a comma after 'prosperity' is killing me."
The 'Brexit' 50p coin is missing an Oxford comma, and should be boycotted by all literate people.— Philip Pullman (@PhilipPullman) January 26, 2020
Not perhaps the only objection, but the lack of a comma after “prosperity” is killing me. pic.twitter.com/ZCN6Zt45cH— Stig Abell (@StigAbell) January 26, 2020
First ordered for the planned exit of October 31, the coins will enter circulation this week after Boris Johnson finally delivered Brexit.
Around three million will enter banks, post offices and shops on January 31, the day when Britain leaves the EU at 11pm.
Mr Javid said: "Leaving the European Union is a turning point in our history and this coin marks the beginning of this new chapter."
A Treasury source said: "As with all coins produced by the Royal Mint, the design was selected by the independent Royal Mint Advisory Committee."
The Treasury declined to comment.
This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission