2020 Rosalind Franklin DNA Fifty Pence. The coin celebrates Franklin's contribution to the discovery of DNA and marks the 100th anniversary since her birth.
This gold proof coin comes in a wooden presentation box and has a mintage of just 250 coins. It is the second release in The Royal Mint's Innovation in Science Series.
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.
The text reads:
ROSALIND FRANKLIN DNA
|Gold Weight Troy Ounces||0.456|
|Fineness / Carat||0.917 / 22|
|Obverse Designer||Jody Clark|
|Reverse Designer||David Knapton|
|Issuing Monarch||Elizabeth II (1952 - Date)|
|Mint / Brand||The Royal Mint|
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