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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 issued this 50p in 2019 - 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 becomes 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.
Edwina Ellis' reverse design of this 50p pays tribute to Hawking's theories of black holes. The obverse features HM QEII's fifth portrait, by Jody Clark.