To mark the interment of Professor Hawking’s ashes at Westminster Abbey on the 15th of June 2018, The Stephen Hawking Foundation, in association with Pobjoy Mint, struck a limited edition number of medallions, presented to special guests of the family at the reception after the service. This strictly limited edition coin will never be repeated and is not for sale.
One medallion was interred with Professor Hawking’s ashes, it’s sister was presented to the Dean and Chapter of Westminster Abbey, to go on display in the Abbey forever more, so that future generations have an immediate connection to his grave.
The medallions feature a depiction of Hawking Radiation on the obverse. The reverse features the Stephen Hawking Foundation logo, Professor Hawking’s name, his famous quote “Where there is life, there is hope” and the date of the service.
Every bearer of a medallion issued on the day will know that it’s equal rests in the grave and their descendants will be able to say, “my ancestor was there the day Professor Hawking was interred”. This symbolic presentation in a metal that will last for many ages, gives a sense of permanence to the day. The Foundation would like to think that as long as Professor Hawking’s grave exists in the Abbey, these medallions will exist somewhere in the world.