The 2020 Rosalind Franklin Fifty Pence Coin in Brilliant Uncirculated condition. This coin is part of the Royal Mint's Innovators in Science collection and was issued to mark the 100th anniversary since the birth of Rosalind Franklin.
This is the Brilliant Uncirculated version of the coin, which comes presented in a colourful folder.
Rosalind Franklin was a British scientist who contributed to the discovery of the structure of DNA. Franklin and her assistant, Raymond Gosling, were able to study X-Ray diffraction images of DNA to reveal its double helix structure. One very famous image is now known as Photograph 51 as it was the 51st diffraction image taken.
We first heard about the coin through The Privy Council. This is made up of senior politicians who advise the Queen on such matters as bank holidays, coinage and lively company statuses. The Royal Mint have to submit any new coin designs to The Privy Council for approval. The information is then announced on the Privy Council website.
The obverse was designed by Jody Clark and features the fifth coinage portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.
The text reads:-
ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2020
The reverse of the coin features Photograph 51, the first famous X-ray diffraction image of DNA. It was designed by the David Knapton, a member of the mint's graphic design team.
ROSALIND FRANKLIN DNA
|Obverse Designer||Jody Clark|
|Reverse Designer||David Knapton|
|Issuing Monarch||Elizabeth II (1952 - Date)|
|Mint / Brand||The Royal Mint|
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