Stephen Hawking and Queen Elizabeth Share Sides of 'Black Hole Coin'

Rodiano Bonacci
Marzo 13, 2019

"Hawking, at his playful best, invites the audience to contemplate peering into a black hole before diving in".

Nicola Howell, director of consumer at The Royal Mint, added: "We are very pleased to honour Stephen Hawking on his own coin".

The coin's designer Edwina Ellis said she wanted to portray how Professor Hawking "made hard subjects accessible, engaging and relatable". I am sure he would have thought of ways to harness the shiny table of the coin too.

One side of the coin features an image of a black hole with the scientist's name inscribed above it, while the reverse is an image of Queen Elizabeth II.

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

Termed "Hawking Radiation", the work is centred on the idea that black holes are not completely dark, but instead, emit radiation - meaning they will eventually disappear.

The designer of the commemorative coin, Edwina Ellis, said in a press release sent to Mashable that she wanted the coin to represent how Hawking succeeded in making complicated science easier to understand.

A limited number of gold and silver presentation coins, celebrating the life of Stephen Hawking, featured on the Royal Mint website and costing from £55 to £795, have all been reserved and are no longer available for purchase.

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