Sherlock Holmes 50p worth?

Sherlock Holmes 50p coin: how much is it worth?

A circulated Sherlock Holmes 50p coin in average condition is worth its face value of £0.50 or fifty pence.

 

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UK Coin collectors may be prepared to pay more for a coin in good condition. Here are some recent selling prices we have seen on eBay:

  • £1.25 for circulated coins in excellent condition
  • £6 for uncirculated coins in the original Royal Mint sealed pack
  • £25 for the Strike Your Own (SYO) coin
  • £25 to £30 for Silver Proof limited edition
  • £1,100 for the Gold Proof limited edition

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How rare is the Sherlock Holmes coin?

8 million coins were put into UK coin circulation in 2019 so the chances of you finding one in your pocket change are quite high.

The actual mintage figure is 8,602,000 coins. See our full list of rare fifty pence coins.

General Circulation Coins

This stylish coin commemorates the 160th Anniversary of the birth of the author of the Sherlock Holmes book series, Arthur Conan Doyle.

Due to huge popularity, on 13th May 2019, this 50 pence was released as a single coin design into general circulation plus coin collector editions in BU, Silver, Silver Proof, Silver Proof Piedfort, and Gold Proof limited edition coins. See the mintage figures below.

Brilliant Uncirculated Coin Pack

Sherlock Holmes 50p coin was issued by The Royal Mint on the 1st January 2019, as part of the 2019 Annual Coin Sets.

The Sherlock Holmes 50p Brilliant Uncirculated Coin Pack from the Royal Mint includes a booklet on the history of the Sherlock Holmes stories.

Sherlock Holmes 50p coin pack
Sherlock Holmes 50p coin pack

Reverse Design

The Reverse of the coin is designed by Stephen Raw (the initials SR are in the bottom right of the coin) and features a cameo of Sherlock Holmes surrounded by micro-text of the titles of some of his books.

Sherlock Holmes 50p

Obverse Design

The Obverse design features the familiar 5th Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Jody Clark (see JC initials).

Sherlock Holmes Coin Obverse

50 Pence Coin Specifications

  • The Royal Mint announces commemorative 50p to celebrate 160 years since the birth of the detective’s creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
  • 50p piece will feature a design that requires a magnifying glass to read.
  • Available in Gold and Silver Proof, Silver Proof Piedfort and Brilliant Uncirculated editions from The Royal Mint.
  • The Sherlock Holmes 50p piece is due to enter circulation.

A Celebration of Sherlock Holmes 2019 UK 50p

Coin title
Gold Proof Coin Silver Proof Piedfort Coin Silver Proof Coin Brilliant Uncirculated Coin
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
Obverse Designer Jody Clark
Reverse Designer Stephen Raw
Quality Proof Brilliant Uncirculated
Limited Edition Presentation 400 2,500 6,000 Unlimited
RRP £795 £95 £55 £10

Limited Edition Presentation (LEP) refers to single coins available in specific presentations such as Gold Proof.

Maximum Coin Mintage (MCM) includes coins made available as part of coin sets, such as Annual Coin Sets.

Brilliant Uncirculated Coin Specification

Sherlock Holmes 50p Coin

Denomination 50p
Alloy Cupro-nickel
Weight 8.00g
Diameter 27.30mm
Quality Brilliant Uncirculated
Year 2019
Mintage Unlimited

Base Proof Coin

Sherlock Holmes 50p Premium Proof Coin

Denomination 50p
Alloy Cupro-nickel
Weight 8.00g
Diameter 27.30mm
Year 2019
Mintage Part of 2019 Annual Coin Sets

Silver Coin

Sherlock Holmes 50p Silver Proof

Denomination 50p
Alloy .925 Sterling Silver
Weight 8.00g
Diameter 27.30mm
Quality Proof
Year 2019
Pure Metal Type Silver
Mintage – LEP 6,000 coins
Mintage – MCM 7,500 coins
Release price £55

Silver Piedfort Coin

Sherlock Holmes 50p Silver Proof Piedfort

Denomination 50p
Alloy .925 Sterling Silver
Weight 16.00g
Diameter 27.30mm
Quality Proof
Year 2019
Pure Metal Type Silver
Mintage – LEP 2,500 coins
Mintage – MCM 3,500 coins
Release price £95

Gold Coin

Sherlock Holmes 50p Gold Proof

Denomination 50p
Alloy 22 Carat Gold
Weight 15.50g
Diameter 27.30mm
Quality Proof
Year 2019
Pure Metal Type Gold
Mintage – LEP 400 coins
Mintage – MCM 600 coins
Release Price £795

Sherlock Holmes Strike Your Own 50p

sherlock holmes 50p strike your own

On the 28th of June 2019, the Royal Mint switched to the Sherlock Holmes 50 pence being the coin you could strike for yourself during a visit to The Royal Mint Experience at their site in Wales.

As such, only a very limited number of these coins would have been made in this presentation. Search on eBay for Sherlock Holmes Strike Your Own 50p or Sherlock Holmes SYO 50p

Coin Mintage Figures

  • Brilliant Uncirculated Coin is unlimited
  • Silver Proof Coin has a Limited Edition Presentation of 6,000 coins
  • Silver Proof Piedfort Coin has a Limited Edition Presentation of 2,500
  • Gold Proof Coin has a Limited Edition Presentation of 400
Sherlock Holmes Coin Mintage Figures
Sherlock Holmes Coin Mintage Figures

Limited Edition Presentation (LEP) refers to single coins available in specific presentations such as Gold Proof.

Maximum Coin Mintage (LEP) includes coin made available as part of coin sets, such as Annual Coin Sets.

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