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The Royal Mint launched the new commemorative coins celebrating the 160th anniversary of Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle’s birth.
Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle (1859–1930) was a British writer best known for his detective fiction featuring the character Sherlock Holmes. Originally a physician, in 1887 he published A Study in Scarlet, the first of four novels about Holmes and Dr. Watson. In addition, Doyle wrote over fifty short stories featuring the famous detective. The Sherlock Holmes stories are generally considered milestones in the field of crime fiction.
Doyle was a prolific writer; his non-Sherlockian works include fantasy and science fiction stories about Professor Challenger and humorous stories about the Napoleonic soldier Brigadier Gerard, as well as plays, romances, poetry, non-fiction and historical novels.
It is the first time Sherlock Holmes has been featured on a UK coin.
A piedfort is an unusually thick coin, often exactly twice the normal weight and thickness of other coins of the same diameter and pattern. Piedforts are not normally circulated, and are only struck for presentation purposes by mint officials (such as patterns), or for collectors, dignitaries, and other VIPs.
The fifth crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the George IV State Diadem and drop earrings.
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Depicts a silhouette of Sherlock Holmes with his famous calabash pipe and deerstalker cap surrounded by the titles of the most popular Sherlock Holmes adventures.
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