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A Newly Discovered 1994 Gibraltar Return of Sherlock Holmes Coin

A Newly Discovered 1994 Gibraltar Return of Sherlock Holmes Coin

“More puzzled than ever…”

– The Adventure of The Empty House (EMPT)

The title of this post is slightly misleading. The coin I am about to write about has been listed in the Standard Catalog of World Coins for several years, having been assigned the catalog number of KM-574. But this particular coin was not mentioned in the Pobjoy Mint’s press release announcing the Return of Sherlock Holmes series that we posted HERE or their 1994 catalog. The coin pictured above was not mentioned in the ads that the Pobjoy Mint placed in the numismatic press that we discussed in another prior post. We’ve reprinted news articles and columns regarding the Return of Sherlock Holmes series from 1994 and there is no mention of this coin.

It was to the point that I had started writing a post that KM-574 did not exist and was a cataloging error. In all honesty, I did not prioritize that post as a member of our group is the former editor of the SCWC.  Then I found the above picture – a 1994 silver 1/2 Crown from Gibraltar featuring the profile of Sherlock Holmes with inverness cape and deerstalker cap and a smoking pipe.

All of the prior material pointed to 24 coins as part of the Return of Sherlock Holmes series. Eight designs in copper-nickel, silver and gold. The copper-nickel and silver coins are 1 Crowns, while the gold coins are 1/5 Crowns.

I have been loathe to write up a numismatic item on this site if I have not seen the item in person or in a reputable news source / catalog. There was all this supporting evidence that seemed to indicate that this 1/2 Crown didn’t exist. Besides, why would they produce a silver 1/2 Crown of only 1 of the 8 designs.

Yet the picture above seems to indicate otherwise. If this particular coin is like other 1/2 Crowns of Gibraltar, the coin is 32mm round, 2mm thick and weighs 15.55g.

Now, there are a few questions to be asked:

  • How many were made?
  • Are there silver 1/2 Crowns of the other 7 designs?
  • Are there copper-nickel 1/2 Crowns of this and the the other 7 designs.
  • If not, why was this design done as a silver 1/2 Crown?
  • Why didn’t the Pobjoy Mint mention this denomination in their press releases, catalogs and advertisements?

I’m not sure Holmes would be able to come with reasoning behind this coin.

The Philatelic and Numismatic Sherlock Holmes by Benton Woods

The Philatelic and Numismatic Sherlock Holmes by Benton Woods

“… such a dear, kind old clergyman.” – A Scandal in Bohemia (SCAN) In the November 1989 edition of Scuttlebutt from the Spermaceti Press, Peter E. Blau published this nugget: Jan. 6 (appropriately) will be the publication date of Ben Wood’s new THE PHILATELIC & NUMISMATIC HOLMES (40 pp., $5.00 postpaid pre-publication and $6.00 afterward).  The following month, Blau would… Continue Reading

The 1997 British Tales of Terror Philatelic Numismatic Cover

The 1997 British Tales of Terror Philatelic Numismatic Cover

“Mr. Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound!” – The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN) On May 13, 1997, Great Britain issued a four stamp series with the theme of Tales of Terror.  The four stamps features designs of the Hound of the Baskervilles, Dracula, Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Many… Continue Reading

Gibraltar’s 1994 Hound of The Baskervilles Crowns

Gibraltar’s 1994 Hound of The Baskervilles Crowns

“With long bounds the huge black creature was leaping down the track …” – The Hound of The Baskervilles (HOUN) Gibraltar released 8 different designs for its 1994 series of coins commemorating the 100th anniversary of the return of Sherlock Holmes. In this post, we will discuss the three coins that feature the scene on the… Continue Reading

Gibraltar’s 1994 The Empty House Crowns

Gibraltar’s 1994 The Empty House Crowns

“… with convulsive strength he seized Holmes by the throat; but I struck him on the head with the butt of my revolver …” – The Adventure of The Empty House (EMPT) Gibraltar released 8 different designs for its 1994 series of coins commemorating the 100th anniversary of the return of Sherlock Holmes. In this post,… Continue Reading

Gibraltar’s 1994 The Final Problem Crowns

Gibraltar’s 1994 The Final Problem Crowns

“… reeling over, locked in each other’s arms.” – The Adventure of The Final Problem (FINA) Gibraltar released 8 different designs for its 1994 series of coins commemorating the 100th anniversary of the return of Sherlock Holmes. In this post, we will discuss the three coins that feature the scuffle between Holmes and Professor Moriarty near the Reichenbach Falls… Continue Reading

A Pobjoy Mint Advertisement from 1995, With A Mistake

A Pobjoy Mint Advertisement from 1995, With A Mistake

“… my agent there has sent me this advertisement from a local paper.” – The Adventure of The Three Garridebs (3GAR) Several months back, we published a post about the Pobjoy Mint’s 1994 press release announcing the Return of Sherlock Holmes series of coins for Gibraltar. Recently, we came across the above Pobjoy Mint advertisement from… Continue Reading

Gibraltar’s 1994 221B Baker Street Crowns

Gibraltar’s 1994 221B Baker Street Crowns

” … some of the illustrious clients who crossed our humble threshold in Baker Street.” – The Adventure of Black Peter (BLAC) Gibraltar released 8 different designs for its 1994 series of coins commemorating the 100th anniversary of the return of Sherlock Holmes. In this post, we will discuss the three coins that feature an outside scene of… Continue Reading

Superior Will Sell Holmes Story About Coin Collector (1995)

Superior Will Sell Holmes Story About Coin Collector (1995)

” … every corner of the room was stacked with bundles of manuscript …” – The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual (MUSG) This story was originally published in the June 27, 1995 issue of Numismatic News. “It may have been a comedy, or it may have been a tragedy,” Dr. Watson, venerable biographer of the world’s greatest consulting… Continue Reading