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2020 Rosalind Franklin 50p DNA Photograph 51 - Innovation in Science

2020 Rosalind Franklin Brilliant Uncirculated 50p
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The Rosalind Franklin 50p will mark the life and achievements of the British scientist (X-ray crystallographer) Rosalind Franklin. The coin design will show a representation of the DNA double helix shown in photograph 51. The second fifty pence piece in the Innovation In Science series will be struck to Brilliant Uncirculated quality and displayed in The Royal Mint's official presentation folder.

Denomination:50p
Alloy:Cupronickel
Quality:BU
Condition:New
Item weight:45g
Product code:BU20RF51RM
Product ID:4612352704565
Royal Mint product code:UK20RFBU
GTIN:5026177470847

Rosalind Franklin Silver Proof 50p

Celebrating the Life of Rosalind Franklin 2020 UK 50p Silver Proof Coin | Limited Presentation of 3,500 (Peidfort: Limited Presentation of 1,500) | The second silver coin in the series celebrating innovators in science | Presented in a black box complete with information booklet and COA.

Rosalind Franklin Gold Proof 50p

Celebrating the Life of Rosalind Franklin 2020 UK 50p Gold Proof Coin | Limited Presentation of 250 | The second gold coin in the series celebrating innovators in science | Presented in a wooden box box complete with information booklet and COA.

Rosalind Franklin DNA Photograph 51

Rosalind Franklin

Rosalind Elsie Franklin was a born 25 July 1920 in London. Franklin went to Newnham College, Cambridge in 1938 and studied chemistry.

She was a British scientist (chemist and X-ray crystallographer) whose work was key to understanding the structure of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid).

Photograph 51

Photograph 51

In May 1952 at King's College London, she and her assistant Raymond Gosling took Photograph 51 - an X-ray diffraction image that showed the double helix structure of DNA.

The image was tagged "photo 51" because it was the 51st diffraction photograph that Franklin and Gosling had taken.

The discovery of DNA

James Watson and Francis Crick built upon Rosalind Franklin's findings in their research which lead to the discovery of the molecular structure of DNA.

Watson, Crick and Maurice Wilkins shared the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1962. Rosalind Franklin died of cancer in 1958 at the age of 37, as the prize was not awarded posthumously, Franklin was not recognised at this time for her important, perhaps critical contribution.

Whilst it is generally agreed that Photo 51 played an important role in the discovery of DNA, 1 year before Photo 51 was captured, another British scientist William Astbury and his research assistant Elwyn Beighton took a striking similar x-ray image.

Rosalind Franklin 50p

The Rosalind Franklin 50p will mark the life and achievements of the British scientist (X-ray crystallographer) Rosalind Franklin. The coin design will show a representation of the DNA double helix shown in photograph 51. The second fifty pence piece in the Innovation In Science series will be struck to Brilliant Uncirculated quality and displayed in The Royal Mint's official presentation folder.

This coin is the second release in the Royal Mint's Innovation in Science series that began in 2019 with the Stephen Hawking 50p.

Release date is expected to be this year, but the exact date is unknown. 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Rosalind Franklin on the 25th of July 1920.

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