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The Numismatic Sigmund Freud

The Numismatic Sigmund Freud

“… this purely mental analysis …”

– The Adventure of the Three Gables (3GAB)

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Alan Arkin, as Sigmund Freud, attempting to hypnotize Nicol Williamson’s Sherlock Holmes character in The Seven-Per-Cent Solution

Nicholas Meyer’s 1974 novel, The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, and the subsequent film in 1976 helped spark a Sherlock Holmes “renaissance” in the mid 1970s. For your editor, if flipping through television channels, I’ll stop and watch this movie again if it is being shown.

Alan Arkin portrayed the noted psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud in the film. Freud is considered as the father of psychoanalysis and in the last 75 plus years, he has been featured on many monetary items and medals.

The Oesterreichische Nationalbank, the central bank of Austria, issued a 50 Schilling banknote in 1986 that featured Freud and the Josephinum Medical School in Vienna.

In 2000, Austria issued a 50 schilling coin to commemorate the 100th anniversary of publishing the book Die Traumdeutung (The Interpretation of Dreams). The Austrian Mint struck 600,000 of these coins.

Just this year, the Austrian Mint has struck another coin honoring Freud – a .986 fine gold 50 Euro coin, 20,000 of these coins have been authorized.

     

In 2009, the Czech Mint commissioned Jane McAdam Freud, Freud’s granddaughter, to design the above silver medal, with a mintage of 1,000. commemorating the 100th anniversary of his death. From their website is this description:

The obverse side of the medal depicts the head of Sigmund Freud with a narrowed eye – a symbol of his research. Freud intensively studied our (human) animal instincts and, among other things, he found that in the animal world a cat’s narrowed eyes represent something similar to a kiss. “My initials, J. McA. F., are placed on Freud’s ear because the shape of ear is inherited from generation to generation, and this is a reminder of my kinship to Sigmund Freud – my grandfather,“ says the author of the design.

The motif of a crumpled tin on the reverse side is iconic in the same way as theFreud’s picture. It symbolizes a vessel – once self-contained and full, and now empty and “impoverished”. The author adds: “I am using this motif as a metaphor for certain psychodynamic states on which Freud concentrated in his work concerned with mind therapy.

This 1906 medal of Freud was designed by C.M. Schwerdtner, Jr. The reverse design is supposed to interpret the story of Oedipus.

     

This 70 millimeter bronze medal was sculpted by Armindo Viseu and was struck in Portugal. According to the insciption on the medal’s edge, 500 of these medals were struck.

     

The Medallic Art Company struck this 45 millimeter medal honoring Freud as part of their Great Men of Medicine series. Designed by Abram Belskie, this medal was struck in silver and bronze.

Our last medal of Freud features a representation of what’s on men’s mind on the obverse and the reverse features the painting Leda and the Swan by Antonio Allegri da Correggio.

Again, this is only a brief sample of some of the numismatic art featuring Sigmund Freud. There are many other examples that can be found with a little effort.

 

Greece Issues Two 2017 Coins Honoring Diogenes

Greece Issues Two 2017 Coins Honoring Diogenes

“Well, in the Diogenes Club, for example.” – The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter (GREE) Earlier this year, the Greek Ministry of Finance authorized the Bank of Greece to issue two “collector” coins featuring the philosopher Diogenes. Many of you are probably familiar with the mention of the Diogenes Club, the familiar haunt of Mycroft Holmes, in… Continue Reading

Sherlockian Appointed to Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee

Sherlockian Appointed to Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee

“What do you think of such a commission as that?” – The Advenuture of the Engineer’s Thumb (ENGR) A rather famous Sherlockian (more noted for his previous career) was recently appointed to fill a vacancy on the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC). From the U.S.Mint’s January 19, 2017 press release: The United States Mint is pleased… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

Sherlock Holmes and Star Trek

Sherlock Holmes and Star Trek

“I went boldly up to the house …” – A Study In Scarlet (STUD) “To boldly go where no man has gone before …”   – Star Trek For nearly 50 years, there has been a strong connection between Sherlock Holmes and the various incarnations of Star Trek. Many Sherlockians are also members of the… Continue Reading

Select Numismatic Tributes of Napoleon

Select Numismatic Tributes of Napoleon

“… relics of the French Emperor.” – The Adventure of the Six Napoleons (SIXN) It seems only appropriate that we discuss the numismatic items featuring Napoleon Bonaparte as we celebrate all things Six Napoleons this month. Napoleon Bonaparte was born in Corsica on August 15, 1769. An artillery officer in the French army at the outbreak… Continue Reading

Cook Islands To Issue Detective Conan Coins

Cook Islands To Issue Detective Conan Coins

“… looking as delighted as a child with a new toy.” – A Study in Scarlet (STUD) The government of the Cook Islands announced in late July that they would be striking two coins to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Detective Conan. In 1994, a Japanese detective manga series called Detective Conan was launched and since that time over… Continue Reading

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

Sherlock Holmes and Scooby-Doo

Sherlock Holmes and Scooby-Doo

“Mr. Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound!” – The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN) Since we having recently been talking about a mystery involving a giant hound, let’s turn our focus onto a giant hound that helps solves mysteries. In 1969, the animation studios of Hanna-Barbera produced the first episodes of Scooby-Doo,… 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