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Stephen Hawking 50p Coins

The 2019 Stephen Hawking 50p was released as Brilliant Uncirculated, Silver Proof, and Gold Proof 50 pence coins.

How many Stephen Hawking 50p coins were made?

The Royal Mint mintages figures are:

  • BU = Unlimited
  • Silver = 5,500
  • Piedfort = 2,500
  • Gold = 400

Brilliant Uncirculated Coin

stephen hawking fifty pence
Stephen Hawking fifty pence
  • The first time Stephen Hawking has been celebrated on a UK coin
  • The first coin in an exciting new series celebrating innovators in science
  • Features a design approved by the Hawking estate
  • This coin is only available as a commemorative edition – it won’t appear in your change
  • Celebrate the life and legacy of one of the world’s most brilliant scientists
  • Housed in educational packaging that brings the science of black holes to life
  • Product code: UK19STBU
  • Issue Price: £10

Brilliant Uncirculated Coin Specification

Denomination 50p
Alloy Cupro-nickel
Weight 8.00g
Diameter 27.30mm
Reverse Designer Edwina Ellis
Obverse Designer Jody Clark
Quality Brilliant Uncirculated
Year 2019

The legacy of Stephen Hawking celebrated on a UK 50p coin

A brilliant physicist, Stephen Hawking had a gift for making the complex relatable. Thanks to his keen mind and infectious enthusiasm, a whole new audience grappled with the fundamentals of time and space. As we start an exciting new series celebrating innovators in science, it’s only fitting that the first coin features the most famous British scientist of modern times. Finished to Brilliant Uncirculated standard, superior to the change in your pocket, Edwina Ellis’ black hole design commemorates the genius of Hawking’s groundbreaking work.

STEPHEN HAWKING is a trademark 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.

Silver Proof Coin

Stephen Hawking 2019 UK 50p Silver Proof Coin
Stephen Hawking 2019 UK 50p Silver Proof Coin

Limited Presentation of 5,500

  • Presented in a sleek black box complete with a fascinating booklet that brings the science of black holes to life
  • Only 5,500 coins are available in this Limited Edition Presentation
  • Issue Price: £55.00
  • No Longer Available at The Royal Mint
  • Product code: UK19STSP
Stephen Hawking Royal Mint Packaging
Stephen Hawking Royal Mint Packaging

Silver Proof Coin Specification

Denomination 50p
Maximum Coin Mintage 7000
Alloy .925 Sterling Silver
Weight 8.00g
Diameter 27.30mm
Reverse Designer Edwina Ellis
Obverse Designer Jody Clark
Quality Proof
Year 2019
Pure Metal Type Silver

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.

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.

Silver Proof Piedfort Coin

Stephen Hawking 50p Piedfort Coin
Stephen Hawking 50p Piedfort Coin

Limited Presentation of 2,500

    • Double the weight of the silver Proof 50p coin
    • Presented in a black box complete with a fascinating booklet that brings the science of black holes to life
    • Only 2,500 coins are available in this Limited Edition Presentation
    • PRODUCT CODE: UK19STPF
    • Issue Price: £95

Silver Proof Piedfort Coin Specification

SPECIFICATION VALUE
DENOMINATION 50p
MAXIMUM COIN MINTAGE 2500
ALLOY .925 Sterling Silver
WEIGHT 16.00g
DIAMETER 27.30mm
REVERSE DESIGNER Edwina Ellis
OBVERSE DESIGNER Jody Clark
QUALITY Proof
YEAR 2019
PURE METAL TYPE Silver

Commemorating one of the greatest scientists of our age

Uniting the fields of general relativity and quantum mechanics, Stephen Hawking continued the work of Albert Einstein to make a series of astonishing discoveries. His work on black holes led him to think bigger, encapsulating the history of the universe in a single equation – a unifying theory of everything. In this exciting new series of coins, the great innovators of British science are celebrated in turn. This superior silver Proof piedfort coin is a fitting tribute to Hawking, one of the most brilliant scientists of modern times.

Gold Proof Coin

Stephen Hawking Gold Coin
Stephen Hawking Gold Coin
Stephen Hawking Gold Coin Royal Mint
Stephen Hawking Gold Coin Royal Mint

Limited Presentation of 400

  • With an extremely low mintage of just 400 coins, this is a highly collectable coin
  • Presented in a wooden box complete with a fascinating booklet that brings the science of black holes to life
  • Issue Price: £980.00
  • No Longer Available
  • Product code: UK19STGP

Gold Proof Coin Specification

Denomination 50p
Maximum Coin Mintage 400
Alloy 22 Carat Gold
Weight 15.50g
Diameter 27.30mm
Reverse Designer Edwina Ellis
Obverse Designer Jody Clark
Quality Proof
Year 2019
Pure Metal Type Gold

Celebrate one of science’s brightest stars in fine gold

Few have done more than Stephen Hawking to reframe our understanding of time and space. His groundbreaking work on black holes paved the way for a unifying theory of everything, the holy grail of modern physics. As we embark on a brand-new series of coins commemorating innovators in science, we celebrate the life of this brilliant physicist. Struck in 22-carat gold and finished to finest Proof standard, this 50p coin features a design by printmaker Edwina Ellis inspired by Hawking’s wit, which was always evident alongside his genius.

Innovation in Science

The life and legacy of Stephen Hawking are celebrated on a UK coin celebrating Innovation In Science.

Stephen Hawking was one of science’s brightest stars, overcoming debilitating physical challenges to scale extraordinary intellectual heights.

Unconventional, witty, and passionate, few have done more to bring complex ideas into the mainstream.

Hawking’s book, A Brief History of Time, became an unlikely bestseller and he helped to reframe our understanding of the universe, encouraging a whole new audience to grapple with the fundamentals of time and space.

As we approach the first anniversary of his passing, we look back at the life of this brilliant physicist and the discoveries that made him famous.

The second coin in the Innovation in Science coin series was released in July 2020 to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Rosalind Franklin, best known today for her research into DNA. See the Rosalind Franklin 50p coins here.

Explaining the Universe

Stephen Hawking was born in Oxford on 8 January 1942. After passing the eleven-plus, he was admitted to St Albans School where classmates nicknamed him Einstein.

The Royal Mint has a special page dedicated to more on the life and achievements of Stephen Hawking Explaining The Universe.

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