New Sherlock Holmes 50p coin marks the 160th anniversary of the creation of this famous detective

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13 May 2019
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The Royal Mint is commemorating Sherlock Holmes with a new 50p featuring a special design that requires a magnifying glass to read the text!

Royal Mint designer Stephen Raw has created a silhouette of Sherlock 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.

The world of Sherlock Holmes

The character of Sherlock Holmes has inspired countless films, video games, radio plays and TV series. In addition to creating one of the world’s most famous fictional characters, author Conan Doyle also highlighted how important fingerprints could be as a type of evidence – with a fingerprint being mentioned in the 1890 story, The Sign of the Four; Scotland Yard would not begin to use the now iconic technique until 1901.

Inner detective

Coin designer Stephen Raw said of the coin: Growing up in London in the 1950s and 1960s, my father would often take a short detour in the family car to drive down Baker Street to see where Sherlock Holmes had lived. I love all the stories - in my design for the coin I have listed the most popular of those adventures but by necessity have kept the words very small. I hope it will encourage the ‘inner detective’ in those who are intrigued by the coin. Naturally, the only way to solve ‘the mystery of the text’ is by using that essential piece of equipment always carried by the intrepid sleuth: a magnifying glass'.

The commemorative 50p coins will be available in Gold proof, Silver Proof, Silver Proof Piedfort and Brilliant Uncirculated and will be available to purchase from The Royal Mint's website, with prices starting from £10.

Images copyright The Royal Mint.

Coin details

 

A Celebration of Sherlock Holmes 2019 UK 50p

 

Coin title

A Celebration of Sherlock Holmes 2019 UK 50p Gold Proof Coin

 

A Celebration of Sherlock Holmes 2019 UK 50p Silver Proof Piedfort Coin

 

A Celebration of Sherlock Holmes 2019 UK 50p Silver Proof Coin

 

A Celebration of Sherlock Holmes 2019 UK 50p Brilliant Uncirculated Coin

 

Denomination

50p

50p

50p

50p

Issuing Authority

UK

UK

UK

UK

Alloy

916.7 Au

925 Ag Sterling Silver

925 Ag Sterling Silver

Cupro-Nickel

Weight

15.50g

16.00g

8.00g

8.00g

Diameter

27.30mm

27.30mm

27.30mm

27.30mm

Obverse Designer

Jody Clark

Reverse Designer

Stephen Raw

Quality

Proof

Brilliant Uncirculated

Limited Edition Presentation

400

2,500

6,000

Unlimited

RRP

£795.00

£95.00

£55.00

£10.00