The Royal Mint is releasing 375 limited edition 50p coins to commemorate Sir Isaac Newton

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Sir Isaac Newton was a Master of The Royal Mint for three decades.

There’s been a lot of new money this year: we’ve had the new 12-sided £1 coin and, last month, the new polymer £10.

But there’s more - limited edition 50p coins have gone into circulation this week to celebrate the 375th anniversary year of Sir Isaac Newton’s birth.

Those looking to get their hands on the coins will have to be quick, as only 375 have been released (see what they did there?) into circulation - and you can only get one at tills in Woolsthorpe Manor, Lincolnshire, the place of his birth.

Collectors can also get commemorative editions of the coins in gold, silver and collectable brilliant uncirculated finishes at the gift shop at Woolsthorpe Manor, and on The Royal Mint website.

The initiative comes as a result of a collaboration between The Royal Mint and The National Trust to pay tribute to Newton’s work in the fields of physics and astronomy.

“I wanted to approach the choice of design differently, rather than simply creating a portrait of Newton. Instead, I researched the scientific elements of Newton’s theories, particularly the ones related to Newton’s laws and bodies in space,” said Royal Mint graphic designer Aaron West.

If you’re unable to get your hands on the coins there’s no need to panic. There are plans to release more of the coins into circulation across the country over the coming months.

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