UK Issues New Black Hole Coin in Honour of Stephen Hawking
The United Kingdom has commemorated professor Stephen Hawking in a new 50p coin. The coin has references to the late physicist’s pioneering work on black holes.
Black Hole Coin
- The commemorative coin aims to celebrate the life and “ground-breaking” achievements of Hawking, who passed away in 2018.
- It is a commemorative coin and not for circulation as currency.
- The coin features Hawking’s name in capital letters above a rippling drawing of concentric circles, intended to represent a black hole.
- The coin was designed by British engraver and printmaker Edwina Ellis.
- The coin is available in gold, silver, and a double thickness silver version called a piedfort.
- The coin also features the formula of arguably Hawking’s most important scientific contribution.
- The coin, on sale in silver and gold forms for a price range between 55 and 795 pounds on the Royal Mint’s website.
- The coin has been released by UK’s Royal Mint.
The Black Hole coin is a tribute to Hawking’s research into black holes and his ability to make science accessible for all.