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HolmeWork Assignment: Sherlockian Chocolate Coins

HolmeWork Assignment: Sherlockian Chocolate Coins

“… I emerged with a little chocolate …”

– The Adventure of the Lion’s Mane (LION)

Many of our readers may have sampled chocolate coins when they were younger. Generally these candies were made of a waxy chocolate and were wrapped in gold foil and sold in a group, packaged in a fish-net packaging. Usually, these coins were silver dollar sized.

Shortly after we formed our little group here, I came across the above picture of a Sherlock Holmes themed chocolate coin, with a chest of more examples just inches away. Unfortunately, there was no other information with the picture. From time to time, when your editor is having issues sleeping, I just start searching on the internet for random items and see what results pop up. Recently, I had some success in finding some related items that help give us some more information about these chocolate coins.

Sherlock Holmes Gift Shop – Yelp UKPhoto by Ozcan K. – February 24, 2016

During one of these searches, we came across another picture of a treasure chest with Sherlockian chocolate coins. Thankfully, we were able to pinpoint these as coming from the gift shop of the Sherlock Holmes Museum on Baker Street in London. You might remember our earlier post where we talk about two medals that the museum has issued.

Photo by Alexa MartinI Am Alexa – March 3, 2013

A few minutes later we came across a blog post by Alexa Martin telling of her visit to the Sherlock Holmes Museum and we have another chest of these chocolate coins. We now know that they sold for one pound, which seems a bit pricey to this chocolate fanatic.

Now, for the HolmeWork assigment:

  • Anybody have any of these in their collections / hoards / accumulations?
  • Anyone with pictures of both sides of this candy?
  • Can anyone make out the wording on the Sherlock Holmes side of the coin in the pictures?

We look forward to seeing your contributions on this assignment.

From the John Bennett Shaw Collection: Sherlock Holmes and the IRS

From the John Bennett Shaw Collection: Sherlock Holmes and the IRS

“… another penny on the income tax.” – The Adventure of the Second Stain (SECO) With the April 15th deadline fast approaching to file one’s tax returns, here in the States, this cartoon seemed appropriate. The above cartoon was published in the January 1973 issue of Weight Watchers and was in the scrapbook of noted Sherlockian, John… Continue Reading

Sherlock Holmes, Life Magazine and a Token

Sherlock Holmes, Life Magazine and a Token

“‘What ineffable twaddle!’ I cried, slapping the magazine down on the table; ‘I never read such rubbish in my life.’” – A Study In Scarlet (STUD) Periodically, Time, Inc. publishes special editions of Life magazine, and this January published a Sherlock Holmes volume for the title. The title will be on display and available for purchase until… Continue Reading

A 1959 Sherlockian Cartoon from Punch

A 1959 Sherlockian Cartoon from Punch

“If it’s on the market I’ll buy it …” – The Adventure of the Second Stain (SECO) Your editor was recently able to do some research at the Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota Library. One of the many items I came across was this delightful cartoon from the May 20, 1959 issue of… Continue Reading

Baker Street Meals And Menus: The Three Garridebs (1976)

Baker Street Meals And Menus: The Three Garridebs (1976)

“We had a pleasant little meal together …” – The Adventure of The Cardboard Box (CARD) Editor’s Note: In 1976, Bramhall Hall published The SHERLOCK HOLMES COOKBOOK; Or Mrs. Hudson’s Stoveside Companion Formed Upon Principles of Economy and Adapted to the Use of Private Families by Two Gentlemen and Which Contains in One Volume ‘Holmes Cooking’… Continue Reading

June HolmeWork Assignment: Sherlock’s of Somis California Token

June HolmeWork Assignment: Sherlock’s of Somis California Token

“But these glasses do puzzle me, I confess.” – The Adventure of The Abbey Grange (ABBE) Our HolmeWork assignment for this month may not even be related to Sherlock Holmes. We recently came across a somewhat crude looking 1.5 inch brass token weighing 31.54 grams for Sherlock’s of Somis, California. The obverse features a pair… Continue Reading