Stephen Hawking: British scientist honoured with new 50p coin

13 Mars, 2019, 02:23 | Auteur: Therese Cote

With this coin, Stephen Hawking becomes one of an elite group of scientists to have been honoured on United Kingdom coins, alongside the likes of Charles Darwin in 2009 and Sir Isaac Newton in 2017.

The life of Stephen Hawking is being honoured with a commemorative 50 pence coin.

"Hawking, at his playful best, invites the audience to contemplate peering into a black hole before diving in".

The coin's designer Edwina Ellis said she wanted to portray how Professor Hawking "made hard subjects accessible, engaging and relatable". "I wanted to fit a big black hole on the tiny coin and wish he was still here chortling at the thought". "You feel he cared about all of us understanding", Ms. Ellis explained.

The Royal Mint shared a video of the coin on Twitter, saying that the coin is in commemoration of Hawking's "outstanding contribution to science".

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"It is a great privilege to be featured on a coin..."

"It's a 2D surface that seems to have a 3D image on it".

Termed "Hawking Radiation", the work is centred on the idea that black holes are not completely dark, but instead, emit radiation - meaning they will eventually disappear.

Collectors can shell out £10 to £795 for the different coins.

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