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Postal Stamp Issued for the Bank of France’s Bicentennial in 2000

Postal Stamp Issued for the Bank of France’s Bicentennial in 2000

“We had occasion some months ago to strengthen our resources, and borrowed, for that purpose, thirty thousand Napoleons from the Bank of France.”

– The Red-Headed League (REDH)

In this month’s story of The Red-Headed League, the City & Suburban Bank had increased their reserves by borrowing 30,000 gold Napoleons from the Bank of France. In 2000, the La Poste issued a 3 Franc stamp commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Bank of France.

Postal service was nationalized and became a public service during the French Revolution. In 1879, the French government created what would become the PTT – Postal, Telegraph & Telephones – to adminster these services. During the socialist party control of the French government, the PTT was split into two separate companies – La Poste and France Telecom – on January 1, 1991. La Poste has their stamps printed by the Imprimerie des Timbres-Poste et Valeurs Fiduciaires or ITVF for short.

Unused examples of this stamp can be found for around $1 with a little searching.

 

ICYMI – The Red-Headed League

ICYMI – The Red-Headed League

“I would not have missed it for worlds.” – The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor (NOBL) Our story for this month is The Red-Headed League and we have already published our monthly features on this story – From Watson’s Tin Box, highlighting items from their collection of evidence boxes; Brad Keefauver’s The 17 Steps; and Frank Mentzel’s Data! Data!… Continue Reading

Select Numismatic Tributes of Napoleon

Select Numismatic Tributes of Napoleon

“… relics of the French Emperor.” – The Adventure of the Six Napoleons (SIXN) It seems only appropriate that we discuss the numismatic items featuring Napoleon Bonaparte as we celebrate all things Six Napoleons this month. Napoleon Bonaparte was born in Corsica on August 15, 1769. An artillery officer in the French army at the outbreak… Continue Reading

The Westphalian Coinage of Jerome I

The Westphalian Coinage of Jerome I

“… the natural anxiety of a wife for her missing husband.” – The Sign of The Four (SIGN) Jérôme-Napoléon Bonaparte was the youngest brother of Napoleon Bonaparte, a military leader who would become the Emperor of France. In his late teens, Jerome visited the United States after serving in the French navy in the Carribean. While visiting… Continue Reading

Faces of Holmes: Roger Moore

Faces of Holmes: Roger Moore

“… possible actors in this drama …” – The Adventure of The Second Stain (SECO) Roger Moore, the British actor known mainly for his 12 years portraying James Bond and before that was television’s The Saint, portrayed Sherlock Holmes in the 1976 made for television movie Sherlock Holmes in New York. Moore has been decorated four times in the… Continue Reading

Faces of The Woman: Charlotte Rampling

Faces of The Woman: Charlotte Rampling

“… I have been trained as an actress myself.” – A Study in Scarlet (STUD) Charlotte Rampling got her start in acting during the 1960’s, being an extra in the Beatles movie A Hard Day’s Night. With a few other acting roles, she landed the role of Meredith in Georgy Girl. She would expand her repertoire with French and… Continue Reading

Faces of Moriarty: John Huston

Faces of Moriarty: John Huston

“… the actor in some strange drama …” – The Adventure of The Yellow Face (YELL) John Huston was an Oscar winning screenwriter, director and actor with a career that spanned over 50 years. Many of the films he was involved with are considered classics – The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The African… Continue Reading

Video: Sherlock Holmes & Numismatics – 1991 ANA Convention Presentation

Video: Sherlock Holmes & Numismatics – 1991 ANA Convention Presentation

“… and had delivered his usual brilliant lecture to a crowded class.” – The Adventure of The Creeping Man (CREE) During the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) 100th Anniversary Convention (aka The World’s Fair of Money, the first ANA convention to use this marketing theme) in August, 1991, the then Vice President of the ANA, Edward C. Rochette,… Continue Reading

Monetary & Numismatic Mentions: The Golden Pince-Nez

Monetary & Numismatic Mentions: The Golden Pince-Nez

In this post, we peruse The Adventure of The Golden Pince-Nez looking for mention of monetary transactions and numismatic items. As always, the page numbers [seen here in brackets] refer to the relevant pages in The Complete Sherlock Holmes published by Doubleday / Penguin Books. The first paragraph [607] of this month’s adventure has the good doctor recounting the… Continue Reading