By Aaron West. Based on elements of Proposition 11 in Book One of Newton’s Principia Mathematica,
Queen Elizabeth II portrait by Jody Clark.
More about the Isaac Newton 50p
These special edition 50p coins were issued in 2017 to commemorate the achievements of Sir Isaac Newton, marking the 375th anniversary of his birth. Widely recognised as one of the most influential scientists of all time and a key figure in the scientific revolution, Newton changed our understanding of mathematics and physics, redefined the way we see the world and shaping the security of our currency in his role as Master of the Mint.
When Sir Isaac Newton came to The Royal Mint, as many as one in ten circulating coins were believed to be forged. A vision of matchless quality led him to root out and prosecute the notorious counterfeiters, improving quality checks and refining the weights and measures to standards never seen before.
In 1699 Newton became Master of the Mint. After overseeing the new coinage for the accession of Queen Anne in 1702 he went on to supervise the process of bringing Scottish coinage into line with English coinage, following the Union of England and Scotland in 1707. Thanks to Newton’s vision Royal Mint coins are unrivalled in their accuracy and purity to this day.
50 Pence Fifty Pence Sir Isaac Newton 2017- CIRCULATED
Issued 2017 Diameter 27.30mm Weight 8.00g Thickness 1.78mm Composition Cupro-nickel
(75% copper, 25%
Obverse Designer Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen
- Jody Clark
Reverse Designer Aron West Edge Plain Mintage 1,801,500