Brand new 50p released as Stephen Hawking goes down in numismatic history!

Less than a year since his death, The Royal Mint have released a brand new Stephen Hawking 50p coin, honouring his works as one of the most influential physicists of the modern age.

Hawking’s ‘A Brief History of Time’ enlightened millions to the workings of the universe and revolutionised the way we understand time and space. As an ambassador for science, his significant contributions to humanity have left a lasting presence on all of us.

The exciting release of this coin makes Hawking one of only three people to be immortalised on a coin so soon after his passing, putting him alongside Winston Churchill and the Queen Mother in the history of famous figures commemorated on a UK coin within a year of their passing.

1965 Churchill Crown and 2002 Queen Mother Memorial £5 – both issued within a year of their death.

To commemorate Britain’s most famous physicist, a man who brought science to life in a way that the everyday person could connect with, this brand new 50p has been issued in Brilliant Uncirculated, Silver Proof and Gold Proof editions.

The striking design by Edwina Ellis features a stylised black hole to reflect his breakthrough work, as well as an inscription of his name and most notable ‘Bekenstein-Hawking formula’ describing the thermodynamic entropy of a black hole.

Edwina said of the design“Stephen Hawking made difficult subjects accessible, engaging and relatable and this is what I wanted to portray in my design, which is inspired by a lecture he gave in Chile in 2008. Hawking, at his playful best, invites the audience to contemplate peering into a black hole before diving in. I wanted to fit a big black hole on the tiny coin and wish he was still here chortling at the thought. I am sure he would have thought of ways to harness the shiny table of the coin too. You feel he cared about all of us understanding.” 

Excitingly, this is actually the first coin issued as part of a four coin series issued by The Royal Mint to celebrate ‘innovators in science’ and so it seems only fitting that the very first coin should feature Stephen Hawking.

We’re yet to find out who will feature on the next three coins, but who do you think should be chosen to be featured alongside Stephen Hawking?

Secure the BRAND NEW Stephen Hawking 50p for just £4.50 (+p&p)

This coin won’t be entering circulation, but you can add it to your collection in superior collector’s quality.

Click here to secure the Brilliant Uncirculated Stephen Hawking 50p for your collection for just £4.50 >>


  1. Dean on March 13, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    any chance of selling them on ebay so people can’t sell them for triple the price before they have even received them.

  2. Steve Hayton on March 13, 2019 at 11:47 am

    Why don’t you change the group name to “changebuyer” its getting stupid the amount of coins that are being produced and not released into Circulation…I started of collection because it was a bit of fun…….i have pretty much all i need ….but I WILL NOT BUY…..its such a con and taking advantage of general street collectors.

    • Rachel Hooper on March 13, 2019 at 1:48 pm

      Hi Steve, unfortunately we don’t have any control over which coins do and do not enter circulation and we would also love to be able to find these coins in our change. It is a shame that these collector’s editions are only available in brilliant uncirculated quality, although I also appreciate that they make for a special keepsake. There are still many wonderful coins in circulation for collectors to hunt down and I hope these recent releases haven’t put you off collecting.

  3. Jim on March 12, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Great design but the Royal Mint have used those magic words again “This coin will not be released into circulation”. What’s happened to the concept of a coin being available in change – it ruins the coin hunt.

    • Aaron on March 12, 2019 at 3:22 pm

      Agreed Jim, half the fun of collecting coins is hunting for them in your change

  4. Les Hamilton on March 12, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    Cool but expensive if you live in Germany. 10,50£ + postage £10. Not complaining just saying. Westminster should view this as it only costs £4 in the UK. £6.50 for a card is a lot of money so no dinner time pint today for me.?

  5. John on March 12, 2019 at 11:09 am

    Professor Lucie Green for her work on solar matters.

  6. Dean on March 12, 2019 at 10:36 am

    It won’t let me pay for the two Stephen Hawkins coins as I tried when will change checker be getting them as I have no problem paying them thanks

  7. Joe King on March 12, 2019 at 9:34 am

    @Mararet Hemming, consider you for what?

  8. Margaret Hemming on March 12, 2019 at 9:01 am

    Please consider me xx