How Much Is The Sherlock Holmes 50p Worth?

As one of the most iconic literary characters in British history, it’s only fair that Sherlock Holmes is commemorated in a suitably British way. 2019 not only marked 160 years since the birth of author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle but also saw the character given pride of place on a 50p coin.

With the mintage recently being released in 2021, the average selling price of a Sherlock Holmes 50p on eBay is currently sitting at £1.37 for a circulated version of the coin.

This has fallen from last year when the mintage figure of the coin had yet to be released. Let’s take a look at why the value has fallen, and what the meaning and design of the coin represent.

How Many Sherlock Holmes 50p Coins Were Minted?

At the time of initially writing this article the mintage figure for the Sherlock Holmes 50p had not been released, however, it has now – almost a year later – been confirmed as 8,602,000.

It was initially estimated to be around 2 million, much lower than the actual confirmed figure, which is a reason to be cautious when purchasing coins before their mintage figures are released.

This can either work in your favour, or in the opposite. For example, the Kew Garden’s 50p was originally thought to have quite a large mintage and as such was overlooked until the mintage figures were released in 2014 and collectors realised just how scarce it was.

The coin is now known as one of the rarest 50p coins of our time and can sell for around £150 or more on eBay.

Why was the Sherlock Holmes 50p coin made?

It is undeniable that Sherlock Holmes is amongst the most famous detectives to have ever been created.

First written by esteemed author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1892, Holmes has gone on to be represented by some of Hollywood’s biggest names in TV and film adaptations. Over 100 years of solving mysteries have made the beloved detective a household name not only in the UK but in many countries around the world.

When it came to commemorate the 160th birthday of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, nothing could have been more fitting than to make his iconic character a part of British coin history. Conan Doyle’s legacy paved the way for crime fiction as we know it and has continued to inspire countless authors to this day.

As a man not only dedicated to writing but also to medicine, this coin is a celebration of one of the most influential British authors in history.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes.

Sherlock Holmes 50p Design

The reverse design of the Sherlock Holmes 50p coin features a silhouette of Holmes wearing his infamous deerstalker at the centre. The silhouette can also be seen with a pipe in his mouth – one of Holmes’ many quirks that were frequently mentioned within Conan Doyle’s novels. Surrounding the silhouette are some of Conan Doyle’s most famous titles featuring Sherlock Holmes. From ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ to ‘A Study in Scarlet’, Sherlock enthusiasts are bound to recognise their favourite stories.

Sherlock Holmes 50p Coin
The Sherlock Holmes 50p coin.

The design was created by artist Stephen Raw who also designed the 2018 Armistice UK £2 coin. The obverse features the fifth portrait of Her Majesty the Queen as designed by Jody Clark.

How Many Sherlock Holmes 50p Coins Were Minted?

At the time of initially writing this article the mintage figure for the Sherlock Holmes 50p had not been released, however, it has now – almost a year later – been confirmed as 8,602,000.

It was initially estimated to be around 2 million, much lower than the actual confirmed figure, which is a reason to be cautious when purchasing coins before their mintage figures are released.

This can either work in your favour, or in the opposite. For example, the Kew Garden’s 50p was originally thought to have quite a large mintage and as such was overlooked until the mintage figures were released in 2014 and collectors realised just how scarce it was.

The coin is now known as one of the rarest 50p coins of our time and can sell for around £150 or more on eBay.

Final Thoughts

The Sherlock Holmes 50p coin commemorates both an icon in British literature and one of the most beloved detectives in history. If you’re lucky enough to find one in circulation, it’s worth holding on to for when the official mintage figures are released.

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