The Royal Mint, the Original Maker of UK coins, has unveiled the new 50p coin to add to the Innovation in Science collection. Scottish inventor, Jo
The Royal Mint, the Original Maker of UK coins, has unveiled the new 50p coin to add to the Innovation in Science collection. Scottish inventor, John Logie Baird who was known as “The Father of Television” changed society and entertainment around the world with the early invention of the electromechanical television.
“He was involved in both the technology and the progress of television broadcasting and the coin design illustrates his dual role as a pioneer in the scientific world as well as in a brand-new medium of communication.”
The design was brought to life with the expertise and innovation techniques gathered across The Royal Mint’s 1,100 year history.
Available in limited-edition Gold Proof, Silver Proof, Silver Proof Piedfort, as well as a Brilliant Uncirculated edition, the coins have been created to mark the 75th anniversary of his passing.
Prices range from £10 to £1,005 with the coins now on sale via The Royal Mint website.
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Although the company hasn’t said how many uncirculated coins there are, a previous Sherlock Holmes 50p sold for £500 on eBay in 2019.
Clare Maclennan, Divisional Director of Commemorative Coin at The Royal Mint said: “The Life and Work of John Logie Baird is an exciting addition to our popular ‘Innovation in Science’ series, which celebrates the legendary names at the heart of Innovation and Science on a commemorative 50p.
“The design represents Baird’s accomplishments and the invention of broadcast transmission, which has shaped culture and entertainment as we know it today.
“It has been a pleasure and privilege to work with the Baird family to commemorate a true British icon and a pioneer of one of the greatest scientific discoveries of the twentieth century.”
Earlier this year, The Royal Mint announced the launch of a commemorative coin collection to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Mr. Men and Little Miss characters.
The three designs available to purchase features Mr Happy, Little Miss Giggles, Mr Strong and Little Miss Sunshine.
Clare Maclennan, Divisional Director of Commemorative Coin at The Royal Mint said: “Each year we celebrate British icons, anniversaries and moments from history on commemorative coins, and this is a fun new addition to the collection.
“With this year marking the 50th anniversary since the Mr. Men Little Miss characters were introduced to the world, it felt right to celebrate the loveable characters on their own commemorative coins.
“All three coin designs have been designed exclusively by Adam Hargreaves, son of Roger Hargreaves the original creator and illustrator of the Mr. Men Little Miss.
“I had the pleasure of chatting to Adam in a recent zoom call and it was brilliant to hear his positive feedback on the range.”