Rare Sherlock Holmes 50p coins revealed by the Royal Mint; The coins will soon enter circulation but they will be a collectors' item.
Byline: Stephen Hurrell
A new 50p coin celebrating Britain's greatest fictional detective will be released by theRoyal Mint.
Sherlock Holmes has inspired a new design on the 50p coin and it features lettering that is so small it needs a magnifying glass to read.
Versions of the coin have already been put up for sale on theRoyal Mint's websitewith prices starting from [pounds sterling]10 but collectors are expected to ask a lot more for the coins once they enter circulation.
The coin commemorates 160 years since the birth of the character's creator - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - who was born on May 22, 1859.
Designer Stephen Raw has included the famous detective's pipe and deerstalker hat on the coin along with a list of famous cases he solved in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's books. They include The Hound of the Baskervilles, A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of the Four but fans will need a magnifying glass to decipher all of the titles.
Mr Raw said of his coin design: "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."
The Royal Mint has not confirmed when the coins will enter circulation but they are expected in the near future.
You can buy the coins on theRoyal Mint website.