Stephen Hawking 50p


Stephen Hawking 50p in the first time Stephen Hawking has been celebrated on a UK coin. Release in bunc, silver, and gold coins for Innovation In Science.

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Stephen Hawking 50p Coin

Celebrating the life of physicist Stephen Hawking.

The Reverse, designed by Edwina Ellis, is an image of a Black Hole, and Hawking’s formula describing the entropy of a black hole.

The Obverse is a portrait of Elizabeth II by Jody Clark. This coin is also available as silver and gold proof limited edition coins.

Stephen Hawking 50p Brilliant Uncirculated

stephen hawking 50p

Issue Price: £10.00

  • 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
  • Sold out at The Royal Mint website
  • Product Code: UK19STBU


Diameter 27.30 mm
Weight 8g
Denomination Fifty Pence
Alloy Cupro-Nickel
Obverse Designer Jody Clark
Reverse Designer Edwina Ellis
Mint The Royal Mint
Mintage Unlimited. Not in circulation

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 50p PNC

Stephen Hawking 50p PNC
Stephen Hawking 50p PNC

Stephen Hawking 50p Silver Coin

stephen hawking 50p silver proof


Alloy 0.925 Silver
Maximum Mintage 7,000
Limited Edition Presentation 5,500

Stephen Hawking 50p Gold Coin

stephen hawking 50p gold proof

Obverse Design

The obverse of the coin is the Jody Clark portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, which was first introduced in 2015.

Reverse Design

The design on the reverse features a black hole. It was designed by Edwina Ellis, who also designed the UK £1 Bridge series of coins.

The image shows a black hole, with the text “STEPHEN HAWKING” above it.


Weight 15.5g
Alloy 22 Carat Gold
Mintage 400

Who was Stephen Hawking?

Stephen William Hawking CH CBE FRS FRSA was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author who was director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge at the time of his death.
  • Born: January 8, 1942, Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Died: March 14, 2018, Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Spouse: Elaine Mason (m. 1995–2006), Jane Hawking (m. 1965–1995)
  • Children: Timothy Hawking, Lucy Hawking, Robert Hawking
  • Books: A Brief History of Time, Brief Answers to the Big Questions, and more.

This is the first coin released in the Royal Mint “INNOVATION IN SCIENCE” series. See also the Rosalind Franklin 50p, the second coin in the series released in 2020.

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.

Additional information

Weight 8 g
Dimensions 27.3 mm