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B. Max Mehl Offers a Brief Review of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Other Works

B. Max Mehl Offers a Brief Review of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Other Works

“My collection of M’s is a fine one.”

– The Adventure of the Empty House (EMPT)

Noted coin dealer B. Max Mehl published the following in the March 1918 of his house organ Mehl’s Numismatic Monthly:

The Black Prince, What Coins Did He Strike?

“An American boy” asks: “Are there any British coins of the Black Prince, and who was he?”

There are no purely British coins of Edward the Black Prince, who was the first Prince of Wales. He was the son of Edward III. (1327-1377) and was created Prince of Aquitaine by his father, and issued both gold and silver coins there. These bear his name and title (translated) “Edward, first born of the King of England, Prince of Aquitaine.” The reverse legend is (translated), “Glory to God in the highest, and in earth peace to men.”

The present Prince of Wales, also an Edward, has seen much service during the present war, in France, Egypt and Italy. It is said he has become such a hardened soldier that the British Tommies have named him the “Brown Prince.”

If you are interested in the Black Prince, read Conan Doyle’s two books, “Sir Nigel” and “The White Company.” They tell of his adventures in France and are splendid reading.

     

B. Max Mehl might have read one of these first editions!

B. Max Mehl was a driving force in the rare coin business in the first half of the twentieth century. Based in Fort Worth, Texas, Mehl would claim to have spend over a million dollars over the years publishing ads offering to buy a 1913 Liberty Head nickel for $50. Mehl knew that only five of these coins existed and could account for there wherabouts during the time he had this advertising campaign. In reality, Mehl’s advertisements were encouraging folks to buy copies of his The Star Rare Coin Encylcopedia and Premium Catalog, which sold for $1 and listed prices that Mehl would pay for rare coins send to him.

For those that would like to learn some more about Mehl, check out this article by Pete Smith in CoinWeek.

You can view the entire issue of the March 1918 issue of Mehl’s Numismatic Monthly at the Newman Numismatic Portal by clicking HERE.

The Watson Investigations Medal from Fiesta San Antonio 2017

The Watson Investigations Medal from Fiesta San Antonio 2017

“And a singularly consistent investigation you have made, my dear Watson…” – The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax (LADY) The city of San Antonio, Texas holds a annual spring festival each May that is simply called “Fiesta.” First started in 1891 as a simple parade to remember the Battle of the Alamo, the event has grown… Continue Reading

Numismatic Friends of Sherlock Holmes Dinner Scheduled for Denver

Numismatic Friends of Sherlock Holmes Dinner Scheduled for Denver

“… returns at seven sharp for dinner.” – A Scandal in Bohemia (SCAN) The Fourth Garrideb will hold its Numismatic Friends of Sherlock Holmes dinner at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 during this year’s American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money in Denver. Site of this year’s dinner will be the Blake Street Vault, located… Continue Reading

Greece Issues Two 2017 Coins Honoring Diogenes

Greece Issues Two 2017 Coins Honoring Diogenes

“Well, in the Diogenes Club, for example.” – The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter (GREE) Earlier this year, the Greek Ministry of Finance authorized the Bank of Greece to issue two “collector” coins featuring the philosopher Diogenes. Many of you are probably familiar with the mention of the Diogenes Club, the familiar haunt of Mycroft Holmes, in… Continue Reading

The 17 Steps: The Retired Colourman

The 17 Steps: The Retired Colourman

Seventeen thoughts for further ponderance of the case at hand – The Retired Colourman (RETI) AND NOW, THE END IS NEAR . . . Sherlock Holmes begins this last tale with a sad soliloquy: “But is not all life pathetic and futile? Is not his story a microcosm of the whole? We reach. We grasp.… Continue Reading

The 2016 Silver Blaze (Southern Division) 2 Guinea Banknote

The 2016 Silver Blaze (Southern Division) 2 Guinea Banknote

“‘Then he paid up his two guineas…“ – The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN) In 1952, Thomas L. Stix, Sr. started the New York Silver Blaze at the Jamaica Raceway in honor of the story of the same title by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The race was an annual (well, almost) race at various tracks around… Continue Reading

Sherlocko the Monk: The Adventure of Tightwaddo and the Missing Penny

Sherlocko the Monk: The Adventure of Tightwaddo and the Missing Penny

“It was like some strange caricature …” – The Adventure of the Priory School (PRIO) There are a few Sherlockians that might be familiar with the works of cartoonist Gus Mager. From December 9, 1910 until February 1913, Mager drew Sherlocko the Monk for the Hearst newspaper syndication group. He would draw over 270 strips under… Continue Reading

Data! Data! Data! – The Silver Blaze

Data! Data! Data! – The Silver Blaze

“‘Data! Data! Data!‘ he cried impatiently. ‘I can’t make bricks without clay.’” – The Adventures of The Copper Beeches (COPP)   This column is composed of material (Data!) developed for a short course called Appreciating Sherlock Holmes that I teach twice a year in the Community Education Life Enrichment Program for a local community college.  It is… Continue Reading

The 17 Steps: Silver Blaze

The 17 Steps: Silver Blaze

Seventeen thoughts for further ponderance of the case at hand – Silver Blaze (SILV) HIS OWN PERSONAL CNN “Fresh editions of every paper had been sent up by our news agent,” Watson writes. We all know London had a lot of papers in those days, but did everyone have a newsagent to deal with their newsprint… Continue Reading

From Watson’s Tin Box: The Yellow Face

From Watson’s Tin Box: The Yellow Face

“Somewhere in the vaults of the bank of Cox and Co., at Charing Cross, there is a travel-worn and battered tin dispatch-box with my name, John H. Watson, MD, Late Indian Army, painted upon the lid.” – The Problem of Thor Bridge (THOR) Watson’s Tin Box, a BSI scion that meets in Columbia, Maryland, shares… Continue Reading