The late, famous physicist, Stephen Hawking, is being celebrated on a UK coin.

Nearly a year after his death, the cosmologist will be honored by the Royal Mint with his name on a 50 pence ($0.65) silver coin.

Hawking joins an elite group of scientists who have appeared on coins, like Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.

According to, Hawking battled motor neurone disease. At age 21, doctors gave Hawking only a few years to live, but he lived until he was 76 and was known for his groundbreaking work on black holes and relativity.

Hawking's children Lucy and Tim visited the Royal Mint to honor their father.

Tim Hawking said, "He would have been thrilled to know that there’s a coin commemorating him and his work...I have a very clear sense of him with one of his huge, wide smiles.”

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Associated Press 11 May 2020 11:44 CEST

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