The Sherlock Holmes 50p coins were released in 2019 to celebrate 160 years since the birth of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, writer of the fictional detective series. It has been said that his works revolutionised the crime genre, and the popularity of Sherlock Holmes resulted in Doyle becoming one of the best-paid authors of the time. C oin collectors have flocked to purchase a new 50p celebrating the Sherlock Holmes series of detective books. The release of the new coin marks the 160th anniversary of the birth of Sir Arthur. 2019 160th Anniversary of the Birth of Arthur Conan Doyle author of Sherlock Holmes 50p Fifty Pence Coin with Airtile Capsule Holder in a Clear Plastic Wallet £6.00 £ 6. 00 £0.99 delivery.
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The Royal Mint issued a special Sherlock Holmes 50p in May 2019, to celebrate the 160th anniversary of author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s birth. The first story involving the character of Sherlock Holmes was published in 1887, and since then Holmes has inspired countless films, video games, radio plays and TV series.
The BBC TV show Sherlock ran from 2010 to 2017 and was hugely popular. The drama was based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's detective stories and starred Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Doctor John Watson.
The commemorative 50p coins were made available in Gold proof, Silver Proof, Silver Proof Piedfort and Brilliant Uncirculated versions. Unlike many of the other collectable 50p coins, the Sherlock Holmes 50p was not entered into general circulation, so it's not likely you'll find it in your loose change.
The specification of the coins is as follows:
Sherlock Holmes 50p Brilliant Uncirculated Coin
- Metal: Cupro-Nickel
- Weight: 8g
- Diameter: 27.30mm
- Mintage: Unlimited
- Retail price: £10
The Gold Proof coin had a mintage of just 400, the Silver Proof coin had a mintage of 6,000, and the Silver Proof Piedfort coin was limited to 2,500 copies. The Royal Mint have now sold out of these special versions of the coin with just the Brilliant Uncirculated – which they describe as 'a higher quality than other coins you’ll find in your pocket' – coin still available.
The coin's design, by Stephen Raw, features a silhouette of Holmes wearing his trademark deerstalker hat and smoking a pipe. He is surrounded by the names of his famous cases – and these names can only be read by using a magnifying glass.
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So how rare is the 2019 Sherlock Holmes 50p coin?
Since the coins have not been put into circulation, the value is fairly straightforward, they are worth the retail price (as shown in the details above). If you do find one in your change you should count yourself lucky and put it aside, as the 50p coins are not intended to be used.
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The Royal Mint has issued a brand new 50p coin. To celebrate 160 years since the birth of renowned author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
2019 marks the 160th anniversary of Conan Doyle’s birth. A man of letters but also a man of medicine, Conan Doyle wrote 60 Sherlock Holmes stories, paving the way for the future of crime fiction. He also succeeded in the field of medicine, even volunteering as a medic in the Second Boer War in 1900.
Sherlock Holmes 50p 2019 Change Checker
Treasury: Royal Mint
Year of Issue: 2019
Country of Issue: United Kingdom
Private online poker. Metal: Cupro-Nickel
Sherlock Holmes 50p 2019 Review
Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated
Sherlock Holmes 50p 2019 Circulated
Sherlock Holmes 50p 2019 Mintage
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