World-renowned Canadian photographer Yousuf Karsh is known for his famous portraits of Sir Winston Churchill and many other politicians, dignitaries, members of royalty and celebrities, including Albert Einstein, seen here in 1948. 2015 is a year of celebration as the world pays tribute to one of the greatest minds in science. Albert Einstein (1879-1955) shattered long-held beliefs, and propelled physics and astronomy into completely new directions. He revolutionized the way we understand our world, and 60 years after his death, continues to inspire scientists to trust their creative powers as they push the envelope in scientific thinking.
Einstein completed his masterpiece, the General Theory of Relativity, 100 years ago in 1915. An earlier form of his iconic formula, E=mc2 had been presented ten years prior as part of his Special Theory of Relativity (1905).
In 1948, one of the world’s most iconic portraits of Einstein was taken by Canadian photographer, Yousuf Karsh (1908-2002).
DESIGN: Royal Canadian Mint engravers have expertly reproduced the original portrait taken by Yousuf Karsh in 1948. As a unique addition, Einstein’s breakthrough formula E=mc2 has been included within the image. Karsh, who is renowned for his famous portrait of Sir Winston Churchill, among other politicians, dignitaries, royalty and celebrities, met with Einstein at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study in 1948. He took a number of photographs, two of which became the most iconic images of Einstein worldwide. One of them is featured on this coin; its down-to-earth style revealing the humility and humanity behind one of the most powerful minds science has ever known.
PACKAGING: The coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-maple presentation case with a graphic beauty box.