rosalind franklin 50p

Rosalind Franklin 50p

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Rosalind Franklin 50p coins

Rosalind Franklin 50p is the second coin to be released by The Royal Mint in the Innovation in Science coin collection.

rosalind franklin 50p
Rosalind Franklin 50p

Buy the Rosalind Franklin 50p

This commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Rosalind Franklin, best known today for her research into DNA. This is the second coin in the series, following the Stephen Hawking 50p coin release release in 2019.

Brilliant Uncirculated Coins

rosalind franklin 50p brilliant uncirculated coin
Rosalind Franklin 50p brilliant uncirculated coin
  • The first time Rosalind Franklin and her achievements have been celebrated on a UK coin
  • Celebrate the legacy of one of Britain’s greatest scientists
  • Build your Innovation in Science coin collection
  • Produced in collaboration with King’s College London where Franklin’s DNA research took place
  • Housed in educational packaging that brings Rosalind Franklin’s story to life
  • Product code: UK20RFBU
  • Not intended for circulation
Denomination 50p
Alloy Cupro-nickel
Weight 8.00 g
Diameter 27.30mm
Reverse Designer David Knapton
Obverse Designer Jody Clark
Quality Brilliant Uncirculated
Year 2020

Silver Proof Coins

rosalind franklin 50p silver proof coin
Rosalind Franklin 50p silver proof coin
  • Limited Edition 3,500 coins
  • The first time Rosalind Franklin and her achievements have been celebrated on a UK coin
  • Celebrate the legacy of one of Britain’s greatest scientists
  • Build your Innovation in Science coin collection
  • Produced in collaboration with King’s College London where Franklin’s DNA research took place
Denomination 50p
Maximum Coin Mintage 4,195 coins
Alloy .925 Sterling Silver
Weight 8.00 g
Diameter 27.30mm
Reverse Designer David Knapton
Obverse Designer Jody Clark
Year 2020

Piedfort Coins

Rosalind Franklin 50p silver proof piedfort coin
Rosalind Franklin 50p silver proof piedfort coin
  • A Limited Edition Presentation of just 1,500 coins
  • The first time Rosalind Franklin and her achievements have been celebrated on a UK coin
  • Celebrate the legacy of one of Britain’s greatest scientists
  • Produced in collaboration with King’s College London where Franklin’s DNA research took place
  • Offered as a prestigious double-weight Piedfort edition
Denomination 50p
Maximum Coin Mintage 1,500 coins
Alloy .925 Sterling Silver
Weight 16.00 g
Diameter 27.30mm
Reverse Designer David Knapton
Obverse Designer Jody Clark
Quality Proof
Year 2020

Gold Coins

Rosalind Franklin 50p Gold Proof Coin
Rosalind Franklin 50p Gold Proof Coin
Rosalind Franklin 50p gold coin reverse
Rosalind Franklin 50p gold coin reverse
  • A Limited Edition Presentation of just 250 coins
  • The first time Rosalind Franklin and her achievements have been celebrated on a UK coin
  • Celebrate the legacy of one of Britain’s greatest scientists
  • Presented in a beautiful box complete with a fascinating booklet bringing Franklin’s story to life
  • Produced in collaboration with King’s College London where Franklin’s DNA research took place
  • Product code: UK20RFGP
Denomination 50p
Maximum Coin Mintage 250 coins
Alloy 22 Carat Gold
Weight 15.50 g
Diameter 27.30mm
Reverse Designer Dave Knapton
Obverse Designer Jody Clark
Quality Proof
Year 2020

Design of the Rosalind Franklin 50p Coins

According to detail published by The Gazette, the obverse will have the usual effigy of HM The Queen with the inscription “· ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2020” and for the reverse a depiction of photograph 51 accompanied by the inscription “ROSALIND FRANKLIN DNA” and “PHOTOGRAPH 51”. The coins shall have a plain edge.

What did Rosalind Franklin discover about DNA?

Franklin is best known for her work on the X-ray diffraction images of DNA, particularly Photo 51, while at King’s College London, which led to the discovery of the DNA double helix for which James Watson, Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1962.

Why was Rosalind Franklin not awarded the Nobel Prize?

Her data was critical to Crick and Watson’s work. Sadly, Franklin would not have been eligible for the prize as she passed away four years before Watson, Crick, and Wilkins received the prize, and the Nobel is never awarded posthumously.

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