Stephen Hawking's life is set to be celebrated with a 50p coin

New Stephen Hawking'Black Hole 50p Is So Popular The Royal Mint Website Is Making People

New Stephen Hawking'Black Hole 50p Is So Popular The Royal Mint Website Is Making People

Nicola Howell, director of consumer at The Royal Mint, added: "We are very pleased to honour Stephen Hawking on his own coin".

Theoretical physicist, cosmologist and author, Stephen Hawking, who passed away aged 76 previous year, would be "pleased to be alongside Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin as scientists who have made it on to money", according to his daughter.

"Stephen Hawking made hard subjects accessible, engaging and relatable and this is what I wanted to portray in my design", Ellis said.

The Royal Mint shared a video of the coin on Twitter, saying that the coin is in commemoration of Hawking's "outstanding contribution to science".

His daughter Lucy said: 'It is a great privilege.

The designer of the commemorative coin, Edwina Ellis, said in a press release sent to Mashable that she wanted the coin to represent how Hawking succeeded in making complicated science easier to understand.

"It's a 2D surface that seems to have a 3D image on it".

It's hard to imagine how you'd get something as massive as a black hole onto something as small as a 50p ($0.65) coin.

A limited number of gold and silver presentation coins, celebrating the life of Stephen Hawking, featured on the Royal Mint website and costing from £55 to £795, have all been reserved and are no longer available for purchase.