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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 (the 47th Garrideb, aka Dr. Thorneycroft Huxtable) and hopefully did not embarrass himself.

We touched on a number of topics very briefly during our conversation and the following posts can provide you with more detailed information on our discussions. In no particular order…..

Edward C. Rochette ~ The 5th Garrideb

We discussed how the idea for a club of Sherlockian coin collectors was developed by Edward C. Rochette over 20 years ago. You can watch a video of Sherlock Holmes & Numismatics that Rochette gave at the 1991 American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money by clicking HERE.

This is the souvenir elongated cent that was produced by the Maryland Token and Medal Society in 1989 that Rochette was asking your editor about, and that eventually led to the formation of The Fourth Garrideb. You can read about that HERE.

Scott Monty inquired about the 1994 Return of Sherlock Holmes coins issued by Gibraltar. You can read about those HERE and some of my thoughts about the 40,000 gold coins that were issued.

Twice a year our group holds a dinner in conjunction with National Money Show and the World’s Fair of Money, both events held by the American Numismatic Association. In 2018, the NMS will be in March in Irving, Texas and the August WFM will be held in Philadelphia. We invite local Sherlockians to join us for a night of good food and conversation and have a souvenir produced at each dinner. The photo above was from our August 2016 dinner in Anaheim and you can click HERE to see the souvenir we produced for our August 2017 dinner in Denver.

We briefly discussed challenge coins and there are many that feature Sherlock Holmes that you can check out by clicking HERE. That’s our own challenge coin, pictured on the left, which amazingly can be purchased in our SHOP, along with our lapel pins and some of our publications.

We also talked about some of the recent Legal Tender coins that have been issued around the world featuring Sherlockian themes. The South Pacific island nation of Tuvalu issued a dollar coin featuring Holmes and Professor Moriarty in 2011 and another in 2017 with Holmes and the Gloria Scott. In 2016, another South Pacific island nation, Niue issued two coins featuring the stars of the BBC television series Sherlock.

We discussed some of the coins that were mentioned in the stories of The Canon, and you can read about Money of the Late Victorian England. Burt Wolder brought up the name of R. Tait McKenize, who designed a medal for the Three Hours for Lunch Club, an earlier club formed by Christopher Morley prior to the founding of the Baker Street Irregulars.

Pictured above is the Garrideb Dekadrachm, the very coin Nathan Garrideb was polishing in The Three Garridebs when Holmes and Watson came to visit his quarters. Everyone who elects to become a lifetime member of The Fourth Garrideb recieves one of these coins. We consider this an homage to the shilling that the Baker Street Irregulars presents to its members. You can join us via our SHOP, we do charge a small fee to cover the cost of the coin, certificate and mailing. By the way, our coin is a replica. You can read how a real one of these coins sold for over $130,000 by clicking HERE.

Thanks for stopping by and checking us out. Feel free to browse and comment on any of the over 600 posts that we have done over the last three years. If you would like to reach out to us, please use our Contact Page. We look forward to hearing from you!

We would like to thank Scott Monty and Burt Wolder for having us as their guest on Episode 128 of IHOSE.

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

Geese On Coins And Medals

Geese On Coins And Medals

“… a good fat goose …” – The Adventure of The Blue Carbuncle (BLUE) It’s time for the dreaded “geese on coins” post for this month’s focus on The Blue Carbuncle. As we know, Henry Baker was bringing home a goose when he was attacked and left it behind upon the appearance of Peterson the commissionaire. Peterson brought… Continue Reading