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A Quadrans of Emperor Nero from the ACD Collection

A Quadrans of Emperor Nero from the ACD Collection

“… do you know of the Emperor …”

The Adventure of the Illustrious Client (ILLU)

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In 2009, the Chicago based rare coin dealer Harlan Berk conducted his 165th Buy or Bid Sale. We bring this up due to Lot 449 of that sale. The description of that lot reads as follows:

harlan-berk-sale-165-20090728-lot-449-photo449. NERO, OFFMETAL QUADRANS WITH SHERLOCK HOLMES PEDIGREE; 54 – 68 AD, Quadrans, small orichalcum module, Rome, 64 AD, 1.45g., Paris-360, C-185, RIC-260, Sear-1988, cf. BM-288 (larger module, copper). Obv: NERO CLAV CAE AVG GER Owl with wings spread on garlanded altar, before which, rearing snake. Rx: P M [TR P] – IMP P P S – C Olive branch. From the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Collection, 1968. A curious coin, worthy of investigation by a numismatic Sherlock Holmes: its module is that of a orichalcum quadrans, but the actual metal appears to be red copper!. Rare, possibly unpublished, offmetal strike, from the collection of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. EF …… $950

Last March, we posted about the Manfra, Tordella & Brookes 1968 price list offering of coins from the Arthur Conan Doyle collection. On the third sheet of that price list, ther are 5 coins being offered from Nero’s reign as Emperor. The final coin is described as quadrans, scarce denomination. Owl, C.185, very fine. $22.50

Now, the descriptions on the MTB listing can best be described as mininal, but there does seem enough common items between the 1968 description and the 2009 description. The Berk sale does not mention if the coin is accompanied by the “attractive folder” that MTB used as a certificate of authenticity for these coins.

You can view the entire catalog at the Newman Numismatic Portal by clicking HERE.

Richmond County (NY) District Attorney Investigation Bureau Challenge Coin

Richmond County (NY) District Attorney Investigation Bureau Challenge Coin

“Cross-examined by the clever attorney …” – The Valley of Fear (VALL)       In 2016, the Investigation Bureau of the Richmond County (New York) District Attorney’s office issued a Sherlockian themed challenge coin. Richmond County is all of the borough of Staten Island, so it is a part of New York City. OBVERSE:… Continue Reading

A Second Variety of the Chicago Police Detectives Challenge Coin

A Second Variety of the Chicago Police Detectives Challenge Coin

“I was an officer in Chicago…” – The Valley of Fear (VALL) Two varieties of the Chicago Police Detectives Challenge Coin – the “original” design from circa 2007 on the left and the revised “detailed” design from 2015 on the right Two years ago, we first posted about the Sherlockian themed challenge coin issued by… Continue Reading

Eille Norwood in The Dying Detective

Eille Norwood in The Dying Detective

“… the actor in some strange drama …” – The Adventure of the Yellow Face (YELL) Readers of Frank Mentzel’s Data! Data! Data! features have seen Eille Norwood’s name many times in the film listings for each story. After all, Norwood did appear as Holmes in 47 shorts. Only three of Norwood’s films are currently available for viewing… Continue Reading

Garridebs in the News – February 2017

Garridebs in the News – February 2017

“Under a series of flaming headlines …” – The Adventure of the Retired Colourman (RETI) Last month’s BSI Weekend in New York saw the release of the 5th edition of The Saturday Review of Literature. This year’s version features an article on the 70 year history of the Six Napoleons of Baltimore and features the souvenir scrip… Continue Reading

The Rathbone & Bruce Personality Dollar Bills

The Rathbone & Bruce Personality Dollar Bills

“… for his bills were all paid in ready money …” – The Adventure of the Five Orange Pipsi (FIVE) Last week, we published our Holmework Assignment for February asking for assistance with the Personality Dollar Bills of Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce that were issued in the 1980’s and 1990’s, Peter E. Blau, the 13th… Continue Reading

A Second Broadcast of Louis Hector’s Three Garridebs On Television

A Second Broadcast of Louis Hector’s Three Garridebs On Television

“… on the second occasion …” – The Adventure of the Resident Patient (RESI) It was nearly two years ago when we posted about the first television broadcast of a Sherlock Holmes story. On November 27, 1937 the National Broadcast Company broadcasted The Three Garridebs over its airwaves. Louis Hector portrayed Sherlock Holmes and William Podmore portrayed… Continue Reading