34 Comments

  1. Paul Murphy on July 20, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    Hi, I think Ed Jenner FRCS would be worthy, as would my university tutor, the late, great Professor Sir David Read FRCS, for his outstanding work in Ecology.



  2. Richard Smith on July 20, 2020 at 12:22 am

    Alan Turing, he was never recognised for his immense contribution to theoretical computer science and algorithms and computation in his own too short lifetime.



    • Alexandra Siddons on July 20, 2020 at 12:17 pm

      He certainly would be a great addition to the Innovation in Science 50p series.



  3. Jane Blight on July 19, 2020 at 6:35 pm

    Alan Turing



  4. Robert Thomson on July 19, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    All comments seem to be about “English” inventors/discoverers. Seems to me the VAST majority of inventions/discoveries came out of Scotland. Not a mention of one.



    • Alexandra Siddons on July 20, 2020 at 11:54 am

      Hi Robert, which Scottish scientists / inventors would you like to see celebrated on UK coinage? 🙂



  5. Les kent on July 17, 2020 at 10:45 pm

    How about Hazel Hill the 13 year old girl who did the calculations for the spitfire.



    • Alexandra Siddons on July 20, 2020 at 11:53 am

      That would be a fantastic addition to the UK commemorative coins 🙂



  6. Andrew Bailey on July 15, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    Sir isaac newton would be a great coin as one of the mot influential scientists of all time.



  7. Bob on July 10, 2020 at 12:49 pm

    How’s about a Captain Tom coin?



    • Alexandra Siddons on July 10, 2020 at 1:37 pm

      It would be great to see Captain Tom celebrated on a UK coin!



    • Jane deamer on July 13, 2020 at 8:46 pm

      Adam Lovelace an underated 19th century mathematician who basically designed early modern computer coding and looping almost 200 years ago! She was well ahead of her time.



    • colin on July 16, 2020 at 7:27 pm

      How about albert Einstein or Alan Turing with the enigma machine on the coin



  8. JOHN SNOW on July 9, 2020 at 10:37 pm

    JOHN SNOW for the cholera cure, anaesthesia, epidemiology. This man should have been immortalised



  9. Glenn White on July 9, 2020 at 7:32 pm

    How about Alan Turing? Surely one of the greatest mathematicians of the 20th Century



    • Alexandra Siddons on July 10, 2020 at 1:38 pm

      It would be amazing to see Alan Turing celebrated on a UK coin. He’s certainly very deserving!



    • Andrew Groome on July 11, 2020 at 1:12 pm

      Alan Turing will be on the new £50 notes in a couple of years.



  10. Caroline Paterson on July 9, 2020 at 6:41 pm

    Does anyone know if this coin will actually be released into circulation? It will only be hugely popular with the British public if the British public get to see it as opposed to only collectors who can afford to purchase coins.



    • Alexandra Siddons on July 10, 2020 at 1:39 pm

      Hi Caroline,

      It hasn’t been confirmed if it will enter circulation yet. It would be great if it did! Do you have the Stephen Hawking 50p in your collection?

      Thanks,

      Alex



      • Paul Murphy on July 20, 2020 at 1:08 pm

        Hi, I think Ed Jenner FRCS would be worthy, as would my university tutor, the late, great Professor Sir David Read FRCS, for his outstanding work in Ecology.



      • Caroline Paterson on July 23, 2020 at 12:44 am

        Hi Alex
        Yes thank you, I do have the Stephen Hawking 50p coin but like a lot of collectors I’m getting a little fed up of the number of new releases which are not entering circulation.



      • Alexandra Siddons on July 23, 2020 at 8:37 am

        Hi Caroline,
        It is a shame that we haven’t seen many commemorative coins entering circulation but fingers crossed we see some enter soon. Have you registered for our Face Value Coin Ballot? We want to give collectors the chance to own future UK coins for face value.
        Simply sign up to the Face Value Ballot and each time there’s a new 50p released in 2020, we’ll select 1,000 people to add the latest coin to their collection for just face value, in superior brilliant uncirculated quality! 500 people will be selected for every 2020 £2 release. You can find more details here: Simply sign up to the Face Value Ballot and each time there’s a new 50p released in 2020, we’ll select 1,000 people to add the latest coin to their collection for face value, in superior brilliant uncirculated quality! 500 people will be selected for every 2020 £2 release.
        And remember, we do lots of giveaways on our Facebook page and our Youtube channel, so keep an eye out there.
        Thanks,
        Alex



  11. Keith Hendry on July 9, 2020 at 4:07 pm

    Sir Frank Whittle, (born June 1, 1907, Coventry, Warwickshire, England—died August 8, 1996, Columbia, Maryland, U.S.), English aviation engineer and pilot who invented the jet engine. The son of a mechanic, Whittle entered the Royal Air Force (RAF) as a boy apprentice and soon qualified as a pilot at the RAF College



    • Alexandra Siddons on July 10, 2020 at 1:42 pm

      Wow, Sir Whittle sounds like he’d be a great feature on a UK coin!



      • Wilma on July 18, 2020 at 12:32 am

        Barnes Wallace would be good on a 50th with his bouncing bombs .



  12. Nicholas Bradbury on July 9, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    A 50p coin should be stamped representing Beatrice Shilling.
    Beatrice Shilling became an engineer in 1929, a trespasser, at that time, in male territory, having decided in her teens, that this was her vocation.
    Her main achievements were technical and mostly to do with aircraft, so the story of her life would be incomplete without some detail of her work as an engineer at the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough.
    But there was much more to her than a gift for solving technical problems.
    She had a dry sense of humour and total impatience with ceremony that did not always please her superiors.
    She was an outstanding motorcycle racer but nearly killed herself racing cars.



    • Alexandra Siddons on July 9, 2020 at 2:32 pm

      Wow, Beatrice Shilling sounds like she would be a brilliant feature for a coin! We’ve got some incredible engineers already on coins, such as Brunel, and also some great racing drivers, like Steve Hislop, so she would be a great addition 🙂



  13. Carol Head on July 9, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    I have collected coins for many years. First for my late husband, then my son, and now I am collecting for 4 of my gt grand children.



    • Alexandra Siddons on July 9, 2020 at 2:33 pm

      What a lovely gift that is to all of your family, Carol 🙂



  14. Alan Higgins on July 9, 2020 at 12:28 pm

    Please keep me informed, when released I will be buying this 50p coin release



    • Alexandra Siddons on July 9, 2020 at 2:34 pm

      Hi Alan,
      If you’d like to be kept updated with the latest Rosalind Franklin 50p news then please sign-up using the form at the bottom of the blog 🙂 Of course, when this coin is released, we will let Change Checkers know ASAP.
      Thanks,
      Alex



  15. Ian Paterson on July 9, 2020 at 12:27 pm

    Sir Patrick Moore.