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Three ACD Collection Coins Auctioned in January 2014

Three ACD Collection Coins Auctioned in January 2014

“Here was a case of ancient coins.”

– The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR)

One of our group’s earliest goals was to attempt to track down coins from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s personal coin collection.

We were able to locate a price list that Manfra, Tordella & Brookes produced in 1968 of Doyle’s ancient coins. Since then, there have been a few sightings of coins offered from that listing.

At Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio’s Official Auction at the New York International Numismatic Convention on January 10, 2014, we have lot 176:

Greek & Roman Silver & Bronze Issues. 3 pieces in lot. A grouping of Ancient coins once owned by legendary author Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle, the author of the Sherlock Holmes series. The coins include a Roman Republican Denarius from moneyer Q. Sicinius (S-410), a bronze issue of Roman Emperor Aurelian and Diobol of Heraclea. All feature excellent old cabinet toning. All pieces are in individual paper commemorative holders. SOLD AS IS / NO RETURNS. VERY FINE – EXTREMELY FINE $300-$500

The old cabinet toning may have been caused by this coin tray. The “commemorative holders” is probably referring to these “attractive folders.”

In reviewing MTB’s price list from 1968, we do find a listing for

REPUBLICAN DENARIUS, Q. Sicinius 49-48BC, EF, rev[erse] sl[igh]tly off planchet, nice $17.50

but we find no listing of the second or third coin that made up lot 176. This gives more credence to the assertion that we made that there was another, earlier price list of coins from Doyle’s collection by MTB.

The Stack’s Bowers Ponterio auction did not offer pictures of these three coins. Below are illustrations to show what the coins could possibly look like and are NOT from Doyle’s collection.

A Roman Silver Denarius from Moneyer Q. Sicinius (Sear 410)

A Bronze issue of Aurelian (post reforms)

Silver Diobol of Heraclea

Our thanks to the Newman Numismatic Portal – where we located this auction listing.

 

Welcome IHOSE Episode #128 Listeners

Welcome IHOSE Episode #128 Listeners

“… difficulties caused by his own aversion to publicity.” – The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot (DEVI) We would like to take this opportunity to welcome those of you may have heard about us on Episode 128 of the I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere podcast. Your friendly editor was interviewed by Scott Monty and Burt Wolder… Continue Reading

TFG Issues Souvenir Card at 2017 ANA National Money Show Dinner

TFG Issues Souvenir Card at 2017 ANA National Money Show Dinner

“Surely you will stay and have some dinner?” – The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN) Souvenir Card issued for the 2017 Orlando Dinner Six Sherlockians and numismatists gathered at Maggiano’s Pointe Orlando on Friday, March 10th for the Numismatic Friends of Sherlock Holmes Dinner. The 2017 National Money Show in Orlando by the American Numismatic… Continue Reading

Classical Numismatic Group Sells 2 Coins From ACD Collection

Classical Numismatic Group Sells 2 Coins From ACD Collection

“Here was a case of ancient coins.” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) Classical Numismatic Group conducted an online auction of ancient coins that closed on September 28, 2016. One lot would be of interest to the Sherlockian numismatist: Sale 383, Lot: 458. Estimate $100. Sold for $240. This amount does not include… Continue Reading

Heritage To Auction A Syracusan Decadrachm At CICF

Heritage To Auction A Syracusan Decadrachm At CICF

“Syracusan – of the best period …” – The Adventure of The Three Garridebs (3GAR) Heritage Auction’s April 14 – 19, 2016 CICF World Coins Signature Auction – Chicago #3046 – Lot TBD – HA.com Every member of The Fourth Garrideb receives a Garrideb Decadrachm with their lifetime membership certificate, an homage to the Baker Street Irregulars… Continue Reading

A Tray From Arthur Conan Doyle’s Coin Cabinet

A Tray From Arthur Conan Doyle’s Coin Cabinet

“Here was a case of ancient coins.” – The Adventure of The Three Garridebs (3GAR) In the Fall 2014 newsletter of the BSI Trust, there was an announcement that a 10”x 11” coin tray which housed coins belonging to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had been donated to the BSI Trust. In talking to Andy Solberg,… Continue Reading

MTB’s “Attractive Folder” For Arthur Conan Doyle’s Ancient Coins

MTB’s “Attractive Folder” For Arthur Conan Doyle’s Ancient Coins

“… Watson, there is something very attractive about that …” – The Adventure of The Yellow Face (YELL) In our recent post about the 1968 sale of Arthur Conan Doyle’s ancient coin collection, the price list referenced that all the coins would be in an attractive folder that would certify the coin was from the collection.… Continue Reading

MTB’s 1968 Price List of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Ancient Coin Collection

MTB’s 1968 Price List of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Ancient Coin Collection

“That’s the list …” – The Adventure of The Blue Carbuncle (BLUE) In October 2014, we published our first HolmeWork assignment, asking for assistance in locating the price list that Manfra, Tordella and Brookes issued in 1968 when they sold the ancient coin collection of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. We now have copies of a… Continue Reading

HolmeWork Assignment: Sotheby’s Auctioned A Portion of A. Conan Doyle’s Coin Collection

HolmeWork Assignment: Sotheby’s Auctioned A Portion of A. Conan Doyle’s Coin Collection

“Now and again I drive down to Sotheby‘s” – The Adventure of The Three Garridebs (3GAR) We had earlier posted about Manfra, Tordella and Brooks offering ancient coins from Arthur Conan Doyle’s collection in 1968 (and we have some updates on that topic in the very near future!). While scrolling through the massive New York Times database, we… Continue Reading