Sherlock Holmes honoured with place on Royal Mint’s new 50p coins. The Royal Mint, a government–owned mint that produces coins for the United Kingdom, has released four commemorative coins featuring Sherlock Holmes’ iconic profile complete with his pipe and deerstalker hat.
In the background of the coin are the titles of other books written by crime author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The font of the titles are so tiny that you might need a magnifying glass to read them.
The 50p coins is to mark the 160th birthday of Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who was born on May 22, 1859. The pieces are due to soar in value when they enter wider circulation. Experts are already predicting that if you find a Sherlock Holmes 50p coin in your pocket it could be worth up to ten times it’s face value.
“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,” said the coin’s designer, Stephen Raw to one of the news agencies. “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.”
Fans have already enjoyed coins displaying Peter Rabbit characters, Jane Austen, Paddington Bear and the full Shakespeare collection. Now it’s time to celebrate one of the UK’s finest crime fiction authors and discover who the murderer is in his best titles, from The Hound Of The Baskervilles to The Final Problem.
These new coins celebrate the author’s genius as well as the fame of his characters from Dr Watson to Jim Moriarty. The Royal Mint is urging Sherlock Holmes fans and coin collectors alike to ‘investigate the world famous detective’ by investing in the coins.
It is reported that collectors can buy commemorative versions of the coin today and it will go into circulation in coming months. The coin is available to buy on the Royal Mint website from £10 for a brilliant uncirculated version to £795 for a gold proof coin.
The cheapest version of the coin is a brilliant uncirculated 50p in a presentation pack for £10. There are also 6,000 silver proof versions available at £55 each, 2,500 chunkier piedfort silver proof coins available for £95 each, and 400 gold proof coins at £795.
But you might want to go quick as Colin Bellamy, founder of coin collection site CoinHunter.co.uk, thinks the coins will be snapped up within a few hours – and the gold proof version already says it’s “awaiting stock”.
The Sherlock Holmes coin is the latest in a collection of limited edition and rare Royal Mint coins that have seen their value rocket in value.