160 YRS SINCE THE BIRTH OF SIR ARTHUR CONAN-DOYLE
The fifty-pence coin has been the one that has captured the publics attention in the UK as they hunt for the rarer issues of the last couple of decades. The choice of Sherlock Holmes for 2019 will no doubt be a popular one, even if the actual design is a little pedestrian. There’s nothing fundamentally wrong with it, but one concentrating on the figure rather than than a lot of text would have been a preferential choice for us. There’s no mistaking the subject with the cameo-like depiction of the fictional detective in his deerstalker hat and iconic pipe. We’d suggest the proof versions will look crisper than the uncirculated one shown here.
Of particular note is the fact that this year is also the 50th anniversary of the 50p coin. What effect that will have on its popularity remains to be seen, but a date to be marked, for sure.
MINTS DESCRIPTION: Sherlock Holmes is to feature on a unique 50p coin, 160 years after the birth of Sir Arthur Conan- Doyle. In the intuitive detective’s many adventures pursuing criminals throughout Victorian and Edwardian London, Doyle captured the imagination of millions around the world and his characters endure today.
|DENOMINATION||£0.50 UKP (United Kingdom)|
|COMPOSITION||0.925 silver||0.925 silver||0.9167 gold|
|WEIGHT||8.00 grams||16.00 grams||15.50 grams|
|MINTAGE||To be announced|
200 YRS SINCE THE BIRTH OF QUEEN VICTORIA
The £5 coin is a perennial favourite and offers a nice, larger sdiameter to show off the art. Designed by Royal Mint regular John Bergdahl, this one celebrates the birth of Queen Victoria. As the monarch that sat on the throne of a country exploding in power, technology and influence, she saw her nation grow from strength to strength. She also sat on the throne for a long time.
Bergdahl’s design takes the machine cogs that fans of steampunk will instantly recognise, and uses them to frame small elements popularly associated with this period in British history. An effigy of Victoria, a steam locomotive (Stephenson’s ‘Rocket’, I believe), a steamship (looks like Brunel’s ‘Great Eastern’), a Penny Farthing bicycle and a telephone all occupy individual frames and are superb choices. The uncirculated coin depicted here will lose some detail from the proof coin, but we’d have liked to have seen a bit more detail overall.
MINTS DESCRIPTION: As 2019 marks the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria, her reign will be celebrated with the launch of a new £5 coin. Even two centuries after her birth, the effect of Queen Victoria’s reign and the era to which she lends her name can still be felt strongly in our everyday lives.
|DENOMINATION||£5 UKP (United Kingdom)|
|COMPOSITION||0.925 silver||0.925 silver||0.9167 red gold|
|WEIGHT||28.28 grams||56.56 grams||39.94 grams|
|EDGE TEXT||WORKSHOP OF THE WORLD|
|MINTAGE||To be announced|