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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

London on Eleven Shillings a Day

London on Eleven Shillings a Day

“…  as free as an income of eleven shillings and sixpence a day will permit a man to be.” – A Study in Scarlet (STUD) The canon references a variety of coins and their nicknames, common enough for the Victorian reader, but quite confusing for those in the twenty-first century. Even more perplexing was the… Continue Reading

Jeremy Brett Featured on Fantasy £20 Banknote

Jeremy Brett Featured on Fantasy £20 Banknote

“… I’ve got more pounds to my name …” – The Adventure of The Gloria Scott (GLOR) A fantasy £20 bank note for the Bank of London, featuring Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes, was released for sale in late July 2016 on many of the online auction services. The notes are incredibly well detailed and at… Continue Reading

Sherlock Holmes 1937 Hobo Nickel by Pedro Villarrubia

Sherlock Holmes 1937 Hobo Nickel by Pedro Villarrubia

“I gazed with interest and some surprise upon the portrait.” – The Hound of The Baskervilles (HOUN) Last week, we published a post about a Sherlockian hobo nickel engraved by Blanca de la Hoz. This week we are pleased to share this post about another Sherlockian hobo nickel – this one engraved by her husband,… Continue Reading

An Annotated Copy of the May 9, 1913 Sotheby’s Auction of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Coin Collection

An Annotated Copy of the May 9, 1913 Sotheby’s Auction of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Coin Collection

“Now and again I drive down to Sotheby‘s …” – The Adventure of The Three Garridebs (3GAR) A few weeks back, we published a post illustrating the three pages of the 22 lots of coins from the Arthur Conan Doyle collection, that was auctioned on May 9, 1913.  Thanks to Dr. Ted V. Buttrey of the Fitzwilliam Museum… Continue Reading

The Sherlock Cat 1937 Hobo Nickel by Blanca de la Hoz

The Sherlock Cat 1937 Hobo Nickel by Blanca de la Hoz

“A purring cat who thinks he sees prospective mice.” – The Adventure of The Illustrious Client (ILLU)        Back in 1992, the Original Hobo Nickel Society was formed to promote the collecting of engraved buffalo nickels that had been produced prior to 1980. Most of these “original” nickels were engraved with nails, knifes, files… Continue Reading

The Coins on Ronald’s Adair Desk

The Coins on Ronald’s Adair Desk

“On the table lay two bank-notes for £10 each and £17 10s. in silver and gold …” – The Adventure of The Empty House (EMPT) In The Adventure of The Final Problem, we learn of the murder of the Honourable Ronald Adair. Watson goes on to describe Adair’s fondness for cards and describes the desk where… Continue Reading

The Case of the Lion Countermark (1953)

The Case of the Lion Countermark (1953)

Dramatis Personae: Sherlock Holmes and his friend, Dr. Watson. Scene: Sherlock Holmes’ study in London. (Sherlock holds in one hand a registered package that has been opened and in the other hand, a large 8 reales silver coin of the Mexico mint countermarked with a very aristocratic looking lion rampant. )     SHERLOCK: Watson,… Continue Reading