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Celebrate the genius of Stephen Hawking in fine silver

Stephen Hawking’s academic work scaled new heights and resulted in astounding discoveries. After being diagnosed with a rare form of Motor Neurone disease and given just a few years to live, Hawking battled the odds and pushed on with his studies. His theories on the Big Bang, black holes and the history of the universe stand as huge contributions to the whole of humanity.

As we remember this remarkable man on the first anniversary of his passing, The Royal Mint is delighted to present the first coin in our new series celebrating innovators in science. Struck in fine silver and finished to Proof standard, this coin features an original design by printmaker Edwina Ellis daring you to peer into a black hole and contemplate what lies beyond.


STEPHEN HAWKING is a trade mark of, and is used by the Royal Mint under licence from, the acting executors of the Estate of Professor Stephen Hawking.

The quotes of Stephen Hawking used are protected by copyright owned by the Estate of Professor Stephen Hawking and may not be reproduced without permission.


Celebrating the Life of Stephen Hawking 2019 UK 50p Silver Proof Coin

Specification Value
Denomination 50p
Maximum Coin Mintage 7000
Alloy .925 Sterling Silver
Weight 8.000g
Diameter 27.30mm
Specification Value
Reverse Designer Edwina Ellis
Obverse Designer Jody Clark
Quality Proof
Year 2019
Pure Metal Type Silver
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