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Finders Keepers

#AD As you guys know, my great two loves are English Lit & Oxford, so I was super excited to find out that both of these are actually, at times, sitting in my pocket!

Yes, that’s right, the fascinating coins below are all in circulation:

  • Suffragettes 50p – without these incredible women education at Oxford Uni would be so very different.

  • Sir Roger Bannister 50p – did you know Roger Bannister studied at Merton College?

  • Olympic 50ps – Oxford Uni alumni have won 160 Olympic medals!

  • Charles Dickens £2 – I have fond first year English Lit memories spent lying in the quad reading ‘Great Expectations’.

  • Shakespeare £2s – during my English degree, I did them all – the comedies, the histories, the tragedies…

We often walk around with a bit of change in our pocket but how often do we actually look at the commemorative meaning within the various coins?

I learnt that all of this history was right at my fingertips, through Change Checker, a really

fascinating service through which you can:

- Find and identify the coins in your pocket

- Collect and track the coins you have

- Swap your spare coins with other Change Checkers

And now another literary great has been added to the collection: Sherlock Holmes 50p Coin!

Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle was born on 22nd May 1859 in Edinburgh and was best known for his creation of the most famous detective in literature, Sherlock Holmes. The new 50p coin marks the 160th anniversary of Conan Doyle's birth.

The coin is really beautifully designed, with a silhouette of Sherlock Holmes in the centre and the titles of all of the Sherlock Holmes books surrounding him. The combination of both the delicate picture and recognisable titles, make it a really special homage to the memory of one of Britain's best loved literary characters.

The Sherlock Holmes 50p coin is now available to purchase from Change Checker at £4.50 (+p&p)!

What will your pocket reveal?

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