Stephen Hawking's life is set to be celebrated with a 50p coin

James Marshall
March 14, 2019

A black hole has been struck onto the tiny coin and is based on one of Mr Hawking's great theories.

The coin's design features a black hole represented by concentric circles as well as his most famous equation, which suggested that black holes were not completely black but emitted radiation - now known as Hawking radiation.

The Royal Mint shared a video of the coin on Twitter, saying that the coin is in commemoration of Hawking's "outstanding contribution to science".

The Royal Mint announced the greatest achievement of the late physicist would be celebrated on the coin.

Royal Mint director Nicola Howell said: "We are very pleased to honour Stephen Hawking on his own coin".

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, who died on March 14 past year, had once said that he thought his discovery that black holes were not entirely black would be his "greatest achievement".

Hawking dedicated much of his professional life as a theoretical physicist and cosmologist to improve our understanding of the nature of black holes.

She said she wanted to reflect the way he "made hard subjects accessible, engaging and relatable", in particular on black holes.

He once told the BBC he thought his discovery that black holes were not entirely black would be his "greatest achievement".

He will now join Charles Darwin and Sir Issac Newton, as the only scientists to have been on United Kingdom coins.

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