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Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Alan Turing

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Alan Turing

The Royal Mint in UK is presenting a new coin series – Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Alan Turing.

Alan Mathison Turing was an English mathematician, computer scientist, logician, and cryptanalyst born in London. During the Second World War, Turning worked for the Government Code and Cypher School. His codebreaking logic saved estimated millions of live by shortening the war. 

After the war, Turning worked at the National Physical Laboratory, where he designed the Automatic Computing Engine, one of the first designs for a stored-programme computer. In 1948, he joined Max Newman’s Computing Machine Laboratory where he helped develop the Manchester computers. Despite of his various accomplishments, Turing was never fully recognized in UK during his lifetime. It is because much of his work was covered by the Official Secrets Act.

And in 1952, Turning was prosecuted for homosexual acts. He then accepted hormone treatment and died 16 days before his 42ndbirthday from cyanide poisoning. 

In 2009, the UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown made an official public apology on behalf of the UK government for “the appalling way Turing was treated”. Queen Elizabeth II granted a posthumous pardon in 2013 which has since led to further pardons to gay men and created what has become known as “Turing’s Law”. In recent years, Turing has become a figurehead for gay rights.

In 2022, The Royal Mint celebrates the man with a remarkable mind with a UK 50p coin available as a gold Proof, silver Proof, silver Proof Piedfort and Brilliant Uncirculated edition. 

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More information:

https://www.royalmint.com/our-coins/events/alan-turing/

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Prince Charles delivered Queen’s speech for the first time

The 96-year-old Queen Elizabeth missed her grand set-piece event for the first time in almost 6 decades. Britain’s heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles and Prince William took the center stage at the opening of parliament and read out the government ‘s legislation agenda on Tuesday (10 May). And it made Prince Charles delivered Queen’s speech for the first time in the State Opening of Parliament.

The State Opening of Parliament is an event which people see the queen travelling to the assembly in a State Coach, escorted by soldiers in uniform traditionally.

The Queen’s health becomes the focus in worldwide again. She missed a number of public engagements since she was hospitalized for a night last year in October.



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Happy Birthday Queen Elizabeth II: The Queen is 96 on April 21, 2022

Happy Birthday Queen Elizabeth II

Let me share you something interesting about the Queen’s birthday: The Queen has two birthdays!

Why does she have two birthdays?

Her real birthday: on 21 April 1926.

Her second birthday: on the second Saturday of June. (The official celebration)

The Queen usually spends her actual birthday with her family and celebration with the public in June.

There is a reason behind. Official celebration to mark a King or Queen’s birthday in the UK royal monarchy have been held on a day that isn’t their real birthday in the past. 

The tradition started with the Queen’s great-grandfather, King Edward VII. He was born in November which is not known in the UK for its good weather. However, King Edward VII would like to have a big public celebration and he understood the November wasn’t a good time to do it. And he decided to combine his birthday celebration with an annual military parade in the summer when the Weather would be nice.

The Queen has had a heartbreaking year in 2021. Wishing she the best on her birthday and have a blast in 2022!

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