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2021 Innovation In Science Charles Babbage Computing Fifty Pence Gold Proof Coin

UK21CBGP 2021 Innovation In Science Charles Babbage Computing Fifty Pence Gold Proof Coin Boxed
£895.00
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To mark the 150th anniversary of the death of British polymath Charles Babbage, The Royal Mint released a commemorative set of 50 Pence coins, set in gold proof, silver proof and cupro-nickel. This fourth release in the Innovation in Science series is the gold proof edition, struck numerous times during production to give an immaculate frosted finish. Charles Babbage was an extraordinary individual, noted for his work in mathematics, philosophy and mechanical engineering. He was born in 1791 and showed an enthusiasm for mathematics at a young age. Whilst a student at Cambridge University, he formulated the idea for producing a machine to calculate logarithmic tables. Later on in 1822, he succeeded in building the Difference Engine, which could solve complex mathematical problems. But perhaps his most ambitious invention was the Analytical Engine, a programmable machine that could perform multiple functions and store numbers. His work in this field has led him to be nicknamed the 'father of the computer', but unfortunately the Analytical Machine wasn't completed in his lifetime. The reverse of this 50p shows the name 'CHARLES BABBAGE' with a set of numbers, as jointly designed by Nigel Tudman and Jas Bhamra. Jody Clark designed the obverse, which shows the fifth UK coin portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Specifications of the coin are a total weight of 15.50 grams with a fine gold weight of 0.4568 troy ounces. The diameter is 27.30 millimetres and the coin is housed in a wooden presentation box, complete with a certificate of authenticity. Limited edition presentation of only 250, with our price including free delivery to UK addresses.
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Obverse

Fifth portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, as designed by Jody Clark. Lettering: 'ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2021'.

Reverse

The lettering 'CHARLES BABBAGE', with a set of numbers placed underneath. Jointly designed by Nigel Tudman and Jas Bhamra.

Specification

Total weight of 15.50 grams, diameter of 27.30 millimetres and a face value of 50p / Fifty Pence. Struck to a proof standard in a 22-carat gold alloy. Fine gold weight of 0.4568 troy ounces.

Presentation

Issued in the original Royal Mint packaging, which is composed of a presentation box and a numbered certificate of authenticity.

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