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UK Issues New Black Hole Coin in Honour of Stephen Hawking

UK Issues New Black Hole Coin in Honour of Stephen Hawking

The UK’s Royal Mint on 12 March 2019 unveiled a new commemorative 50 pence coin inspired by the late legendary British physicist Stephen Hawking’s seminal work on black holes.

The coin, on sale in silver and gold forms for a price range between 55 and 795 pounds on the Royal Mint’s website, is a nod to Hawking’s research into black holes and his ability to make science accessible for all.

Hawking, Newton and Darwin

Hawking, one of the world’s best-known theoretical physicists who died aged 76 last year, joins the ranks of other eminent scientists such Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin to have a commemorative coin in honour of one of his greatest discoveries that black holes should not be all black.

Hawking, who died on March 14, 2018, had once said that he thought his discovery that black holes were not entirely black would be his “greatest achievement”.

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