Charles Babbage’s mechanical calculators helped to bring about the conceptual leap to modern computing.
Formed in London in the early 1970s, Queen augmented their hard rock sound with pop sensibilities, redefining the genre and elevating it to another level. Recording a string of smash hits, fans flocked to see them live, their foot-stomping anthems and epic ballads delivered with panache by their flamboyant frontman, tragically gone too soon.
Rosalind Franklin’s brilliant mind and tireless dedication enabled breakthroughs in multiple fields. Best known today for her research into DNA, Franklin was a world authority on the chemical structure of viruses, as well as coal and graphite.
Agatha Christie £2 Coin
Relive the golden age of detective fiction on the centenary of Hercule Poirot’s debut as we celebrate ‘100 Years of Mystery’ through commemorative coin. Investigate this mysterious new arrival today.
Beatrix Potter 50p Collection
The Lady Behind the Loveable Characters: The Life and Stories of Beatrix Potter™ The wonderful world of Beatrix Potter™ has graced the lives of many; a pioneer of storytelling, she created many small books for many small hands. Both her characters and tales have been cherished for more than 100 years and her legacy lives on through them.
Early in his naval career, James Cook’s detailed charts of the Saint Lawrence River were crucial to a successful British attack against French-held Quebec during the Seven Years War. He was then given his own ship with the mission of charting the island of Newfoundland and his reputation as a fine cartographer helped him to win command of HM Bark Endeavour for his first ‘voyage of discovery’.
Through Music Legends we are celebrating some of the country’s most important and popular artists. No such collection would make sense without the inclusion of Elton John, the superstar who has been delighting fans for more than half a century.
William Wordsworth is one of the most popular poets to have written in the English language. His ode to love and joy, ‘I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud’, commonly known as ‘Daffodils’, is amongst the nation’s favourites. To commemorate the 250th anniversary of his birth and celebrate the life and work of one of Britain’s greatest literary figures, The Royal Mint has struck a special £5 coin.