A coin for every occasion: 20th August 1858 - The theory of Evolution

in LeoFinance2 years ago

Throughout the month of August, ill be looking back at historical moments from the past. From conflicts to coronations, sporting moments to royal memories, and famous firsts and lasts, with my love of all things shiny and precious, ill be trying to tie these events in with coins that have been created to commemorate these moments.


On 20 August 1858, Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace published their theories of evolution through natural selection in The Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society. Their ideas had a profound impact on the understanding of life on Earth and challenged biblical teaching. A year later, Darwin would go on to publish his ground-breaking On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.


Charles Darwin was born in Shewsbury, near Birmingham, in 1809. He was originally educated to become a religious minister, but found he was deeply interested in natural history.


This gold coin commemorates the 200th anniversary of his birth and also the 150th anniversary of the publication of 'On the Origin of the Species by means of Natural Selection'.

  • Manufacturer: Royal Mint
  • Issuing Country: United Kingdom
  • Year: 2009
  • Denomination: £2
  • Metal: Gold
  • Purity: .9167
  • Metal Content: 0.4707 Troy Ounces
  • Weight: 15.97 Grams
  • Diameter: 28.40mm

With a limited number coins minted, 1000 to be exact, and such an important subject matter, these coins are highly sort after by coin collectors and historians alike. Struck in 22ct gold and eith a price tag of £900+, if you can afford this gem of a coin, i highly recommend trying to add it to your collection.

SOURCE: ROYAL MINT London coin company

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A Darwin coin! You never cease to amaze me with the amount of interest in coins out there to collect. I don’t know this one but I wouldn’t mind having it in my collection. For some reason I don’t think I’ll be able to grab it but I can dream! You never know when the opportunity will come.

Obviously the gold version of this coin is expensive and rare, but the circulated "cupro-nickel" version is always popping up in my change.

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