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Photo: A black hole coin in memory of Stephen Hawking

The entire circulation of coins is already reserved.

All coins from the series Photo: The Royal Mint
All coins from the series Photo: The Royal Mint

The Royal Mint of Great Britain issued a 50 pence coin with a black hole in honor of scientist Stephen Hawking. This was reported on the website of The Royal Mint, where you could buy a coin.

Coin designer Edwin Ellis, in a conversation with the BBC, said that she wanted to reflect how Hawking “made difficult objects accessible, exciting and connected.”

Professor Lucy’s daughter and her brother Tim visited the Royal Mint to see the coins. Hawking’s daughter called their release a great honor for the family. She noted that her father would be happy to join the “elite group of scientists” who appeared on the coins. Among them are Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.

The Royal Mint, in its Twitter account, reported that the entire circulation of the coins was reserved. The cost of coins depended on the alloy: 10 pounds (about 850 rubles) for the most common, 55 or 95 for silver and 795 pounds (just over 68 thousand rubles) for gold.

coin design sketches
coin design sketches
coin design sketches
coin design sketches
Gold coin from the series
Gold coin from the series
Explaining Black Hole Theories
Explaining Black Hole Theories

Stephen Hawking died on March 14, 2018 at the age of 77 in his home in Cambridge. He is one of the most famous theoretical physicists, as well as one of the founders of quantum cosmology. Hawking was studying black holes, and in 1974 he developed a theory that they “evaporate” due to a phenomenon that was later called “Hawking radiation”.

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