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Stephen Hawking was one of the world’s most prodigious physicists but he was also a renowned ambassador for science.
His breakthrough work on black holes and the popularisation of science are seen as significant contributions to humanity.
To commemorate the life of Stephen Hawking, The Royal Mint has announced it will be issuing a brand new 50p coin - the first in an exciting new series celebrating Innovators in Science.
It is only fitting that the first coin in the series features the most famous British scientist of modern times.
What’s more, Stephen Hawking will become only the third person in British history to have been commemorated on a coin within a year of their death – the other two being Winston Churchill and the Queen Mother.