This page contains information about the coin struck to mark the 50th Anniversary of the discovery of DNA.You can use the coin quick links below to find key information fast.
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In 1953, James D. Watson and Francis H.C. Crick announced to the world that they had discovered the structure of DNA – the double-helix. DNA contains a person's genes and the configuration determines their genetic makeup. The double-helix structure allows a strand of DNA to replicate, splitting down the middle and then forming a whole strand again – a key process in all living things.
The reverse design by John Mills shows a representation of a strand of DNA, with the double-helix structure, containing pairs of the DNA bases (the components it is formed from - A, T, G, and C). The edge inscription states the full name of DNA – "DEOXYRIBONUCLEIC ACID", and the obverse features the 4th portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley.
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