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The 1972 Sherlock Bones Hobo Dollar

The 1972 Sherlock Bones Hobo Dollar

“Mr. Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound!'”

– The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN)

Back in 1992, the Original Hobo Nickel Society was formed to promote the collecting of engraved buffalo nickels that had been produced prior to 1980. Most of these “original” nickels were engraved with nails, knifes, files and perhaps some punches. In the years since the OHNS was founded, there have been many modern hobo nickels (and not just nickels, almost any coin) created by talented artists using microscopes and power tools. Depending on the quality of the work, these modern hobo nickels can cost many hundred of dollars.

Pictured above is an engraved 1972 Eisenhower Dollar, with all of the original obverse removed except for the 1972 date. Engraved by Luis A. Ortiz, an engraver based in Easton, Pennsylvania, he calls this design “Sherlock Bones.” Ortiz engraves a “catalog” number on the reverse side of the coins he engraves and signs his name. He assigned the catalog of S1186 to this work – using the “S” prefix for his work on silver dollars. Unlike many other modern engravers, Ortiz also colorizes his artwork.

The design features Snoopy, from the classic cartoon strip of Peanuts, walking towards the left and wearing a deerstalker cap and a pipe in his mouth. Snoopy has passed the character of Freida.

Freida was a regular character in Peanuts during the 1960’s, but was phased out in the years that followed. Her last apperance in a strip was in 1985. Freida was “naturally curly” red hair and would not wear a baseball cap while on Charlie Brown’s baseball team, as it would cover her hair.

For those that would like to view more of Luis A. Ortiz’s work, click HERE. Warning – many of his engraved works are NSFW and should be viewed privately.

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… Continue Reading

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 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

The 2003 Sherlock Mickey Elongated Quarter

The 2003 Sherlock Mickey Elongated Quarter

“… play with me like a cat with a mouse.” – The Adventure of the Abbey Grange (ABBE) The Walt Disney Company launched a huge celebration in 2003 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Mickey Mouse. At Walt Disney World, in Orlando, Florida, they had the 75 Years with Mickey celebration that launched on March 1st… Continue Reading

The 1992 Sherlock Holmes Lives On Medal

The 1992 Sherlock Holmes Lives On Medal

“Here is an advertisement which will interest you.” – The Advenyture of the Engineer’s Thumb (ENGR) Peter E. Blau, the 13th Garrideb, was kind to respond to last week’s HolmeWork assignment, and has provided us with a scan of Classic Specialities’ advertisement for the Sherlock Holmes Lives On medal. This ad appeared on page 36… Continue Reading