The discovery of Insulin is known to be one of the most important medical breakthroughs of the twentieth century. With over 422 million people suffering from the condition, Diabetes, the significance of Insulin as medication is unparalleled for sufferers of this dangerous infirmity.
With no known cure, and largely ineffective treatments, the collaborative invention of Insulin in 1921 by Sir Frederick Banting, Dr John Macleod, Dr Charles Best and Dr James Collip, has moderated the harmful effects Diabetes transmits to its sufferers for the last 100 years.
With 2021 marking 100 years since the introduction of this ground-breaking medication, The Royal Mint have released this stunning Brilliant Uncirculated UK 50p Coin to honour this significant discovery. This is the final edition in the ‘Innovation in Science’ series and features an artistic interpretation of the structure of Insulin, as well as its molecular formula on the reverse of this coin.
The Obverse features Jody Clark’s effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, illustrating its legal tender status.
Having never been featured on a UK coin before, this special coin is a must have for any Science enthusiast.