Evolution is the coin of the realm

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Nov. 27 2010 7:04 AM

Evolution is the coin of the realm

Can you imagine the United States issuing a coin like this?

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Sigh. Yeah, me neither. This is a special issue £2 coin from the UK, which came out in 2009 commemorating the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth (and the 150th of the publishing of Origin of Species). I missed this somehow, which is too bad. Wish I had picked one up when I was over there for TAM London!

I would love to live in a country where science and scientists enjoy this sort of celebration, instead of being attacked by their own government because they won't toe an ideological fantasy-based line.

Poland has used to have Copernicus on their money. Copernicus! I'd love to see a Feynman quarter, or an Einstein dollar coin. If something like inspired a kid to look at it and think, I wonder who that is and why they're on a coin, then it would be worth it.

Tip o' the white lab coat to reddit.

Phil Plait writes Slate’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an astronomer, public speaker, science evangelizer, and author of Death From the Skies!  

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