United Kingdom: 2£ 2009

Charles Darwin, the father of evolution, was born in 1809. This 2£ coin was minted in 2009 commemorating the birth of this very important scientist. The obverse side features Elizabeth II who’s been queen since 1952. The reverse side features Charles Darwin face to face with, the origin or our species, a chimpanzee. Of course, humans haven’t evolved from chimpanzees but according to Darwin’s theory we and other primates share the same ancestors. Darwin and his theory were despised during his lifetime and it wasn’t until the 20th century that his ideas were taken seriously – when they became the truth.

This coin was one of the first ones I managed to get my hands on during my visit to London earlier this year. And later during my stay there I met Darwin again – now as a huge statue inside the Natural History Museum.

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2 responses to “United Kingdom: 2£ 2009

  1. Interesting coin. Here in the States, there would be a big riot if the Mint put Charles Darwin on a coin.

    • Yes, I see that some groups may have troubles with it. Some traditions are deeply rooted, and this we see all over the world. The question is how we avoid upsetting these groups whilst not discarding what has been scientifically proven.

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