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2021 United Kingdom 50p BU Coin "Innovation in Science: Discovery of Insulin 100 Years"

RSM Price: $14.95
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Item Number: 21UKBMBU9
Shipping starts November 15
  • Mint: British Royal Mint
  • Denomination: 50 pence
  • Quality: Brilliant Uncirculated
  • Issue limit: To demand
  • Alloy: Base Metal
  • Diameter: 27.3 mm
  • Weight: 8 grams
  • Artist: Iris de la Torre/Jody Clark
  • Box/Capsule: No/Blister
  • Certificate: Printed Folder
 

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In terms of a lasting legacy around the world, it can be argued that few medical breakthroughs of the twentieth century can rival the impact of the discovery of insulin in 1921. A veritable lifeline for millions each day, its use in the treatment of diabetes has saved countless lives worldwide since its introduction and has allowed science to tame a condition that had baffled mankind for centuries.

In the early twentieth century, the onset of diabetes posed grave consequences for anyone unfortunate enough to receive a diagnosis, with the common prognosis being just one year to live thereafter. Fortunately, that all changed in 1921 thanks to the pioneering work of John Macleod, Sir Frederick Banting, and their expert team consisting of Charles Best and James Collip.

The innovative work of Macleod, Banting et al. changed the landscape of the treatment for diabetes and turned it into a manageable condition. Since then, the use of insulin has allowed people living with diabetes throughout the world to live full lives largely unhindered by the lifelong effects of the condition.

In tribute to the pioneering efforts of 1921, the reverse design combines an artistic illustration of insulin’s molecular structure with its chemical symbol in a numismatic tribute befitting such a historic discovery.

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