2019 Sherlock Holmes Gold Proof Fifty Pence Piece 50p

2019 Sherlock Holmes Fifty pence

In 2019 the Royal Mint decided to commemorate Sherlock Holmes with a Gold 50p piece. Sherlock Holmes is probably the most famous fictional detective of all time and was created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Here’s the story.

The Birth of Sherlock Holmes

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was a medical man and trained as a Physician, but his passion was writing. Published in 1887, A Study in Scarlet introduced private detective Sherlock Holmes to the World. Four novels and 56 short stories followed. There has been over 200 films and according to the Guinness Book of Records is the “most portrayed movie character” with more than 70 actors playing the part.

2019 Gold 50p Sherlock Holmes
2019 Gold 50p Sherlock Holmes Reverse

In his books Holmes lives at 221B Baker Street in London and is generally accompanied by his good friend, Dr Watson. His arch enemy is the criminal mastermind Professor Moriarty. Sherlock Holmes is a sort of Victorian superhero, with amazing powers of observation, deduction and logical reasoning.

Thanks to Arthur Conan Doyle’s medical training, Holmes was also ahead of his time with forensic science. For example, Holmes used fingerprints many years before Scotland Yard.

Although Sherlock Holmes is greatly associated with the phrase “Elementary, my dear Watson”, he never actually used that exact phrase in any of the books.

Doyle wrote many other books, both fiction and non-fiction. He was a sportsman, playing football (in goal) for Portsmouth (when it was an amateur club) and as a cricketer he played ten first-class matches for the MCC (his highest score was 43 but his only wicket was W.G. Grace!). He also liked boxing and golf.

Doyle stood for parliament twice and despite good showing was never elected. He was married twice and has five children.

2019 Sherlock Holmes Gold Fifty Pence Coin

The reverse was designed by Stephen Raw and shows a silhouette of Sherlock Holmes with his famous pipe and deerstalker hat. In small print is a list of the famous Holmes stories, the deliberately small font so that you can use another tool of the iconic sleuth, a magnifying glass, to read the clues.

The obverse is the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Jody Clark. There is no edge inscription.

2019 Gold 50p Sherlock Holmes
2019 Gold 50p Sherlock Holmes Obverse

The royal Mint imposed a maximum mintage of 600, but only 400 are available as special edition.

General Specifications

  • Metal: 22 Carat Gold
  • Weight: 15.50 g
  • Diameter: 27.30mm
  • Shape: 7-sided
  • Denomination: 50p

The 50p coin is available as gold proof, silver proof, silver proof Piedfort and into general circulation in cupro-nickel.

My thanks to M J Hughes Coins for the use of the photographs.

2019 Gold 50p Sherlock Holmes


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