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2023 United Kingdom £2 BU Coin "Innovation in Science: Ada Lovelace"

RSM Price: $17.95
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Item Number: 23UKBMBU14
  • Mint: British Royal Mint
  • Denomination: £2
  • Quality: Brilliant Uncirculated
  • Issue limit: To demand
  • Alloy: Base Metal
  • Diameter: 27.3 mm
  • Weight: 8 grams
  • Artist: Osborne Ross/Martin Jennings
  • Box/Capsule: No/Blister
  • Certificate: Printed Folder
 

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Augusta Ada Byron (1815-1852), daughter of famous poet Lord Byron, and Countess of Lovelace through marriage, was better known as Ada Lovelace.

Lovelace showed her gift for mathematics at an early age. She translated an article on an invention, the Analytical Engine, by mathematician Charles Babbage, and added her own comments. Her notes turn out to be three times as long as the actual transcript and showed that she recognized the machine's potential beyond a device for numerical calculations. Her vision of a machine that could also process musical notes, letters and images, anticipated modern computers by a hundred years. In her now famous note "G", Lovelace also adds a step-by-step description for computation of Bernoulli numbers with Babbage's machine - basically an algorithm - which, in effect, make her the world's first computer programmer.

Lovelace's contributions to the field of computer science were not discovered until the 1950s. Since then, she has received many posthumous honors for her work. In 1980, the U.S. Department of Defense named a newly developed computer language "Ada," after Lovelace.

The innovative reverse design depicts the punched cards used to programme Babbage’s Analytical Engine. The edge inscription says: INNOVATION IN SCIENCE · LOVELACE.

Features bespoke packaging recounting the life and work of Ada Lovelace.

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