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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

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

The Boston Police Detectives Benevolent Society Challenge Coin

The Boston Police Detectives Benevolent Society Challenge Coin

“… the detective police force …” – The Sign of the Four (SIGN)       The Boston Police Detectives Benevolent Society, the group that represents detectives of the Boston police in collective bargaining negotiations, issued this challenge coin in 2015. It is unique among the challenge coins we have discussed to date on our site with… Continue Reading

HolmeWork Assignment: The 1992 Sherlock Holmes Lives Medal

HolmeWork Assignment: The 1992 Sherlock Holmes Lives Medal

“He lives as in a strange dream.” – The Adventure of the Creeping Man (CREE) The Universal Sherlock Holmes by Ronald Burt De Waal and 14th Garrideb, George A. Vanderburgh has been a tremendous reference tool to your Mycroft as we first attempted to discover what Sherlockian numismatic items existed. Every once in a while,… Continue Reading

CBS Radio Mystery Theater: The Absent-Minded League (1978)

CBS Radio Mystery Theater: The Absent-Minded League (1978)

“… the counterfeiter stands in a class by himself as a public danger.” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) From time to time, we will feature a post here regarding other fictional detectives, such as Gregory Hood. On July 18, 1978, the CBS Radio Mystery Theater aired The Absent-Minded League. This dramatization was written by… Continue Reading

Three Varieties of Benedict Cumberbatch Personality Dollars

Three Varieties of Benedict Cumberbatch Personality Dollars

“It might be his portrait.” – The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN) Last month, we posted a Holmework Assignment regarding the Personality Dollar Bills of Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce and were rewarded with examples in a follow-up post a week later. We now turn our attention to Personality Dollar Bills of Benedict Cumberbatch of… Continue Reading