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U.S. Coins Designed By Marika Somogyi

U.S. Coins Designed By Marika Somogyi

“If I were a sculptor …”

– The Problem of Thor Bridge (THOR)

Marika Somogyi, the sculptor of the 1987 Sherlock Holmes medal, has created designs for two United States commemorative coins. The first was the obverse of the 1991 Mount Rushmore silver dollar. Her second design is the obverse of the 2001 United States Capitol Visitor Center silver dollar.

Let’s take a look at these two coins…..

1991 Mt Rushmore Dollar

The 1991 Mount Rushmore Silver Dollar was issued for the golden anniversary of the national monument. Surcharges raised from the commemorative coin program (half dollar, silver dollar and gold $5) went to the Mount Rushmore National Memorial Society and the US Treasury.

The obverse design of the silver dollar contains a view of Mount Rushmore. The mountainside carving by Gutzon Borglum features busts of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. At the bottom of the coin are two laurel wreaths with a ribbon containing the motto “In God We Trust”.  Somogyi’s design was modeled by Chester Young Martin. The reverse of the coin features a design by Frank Gasparro, a former Chief Engraver for the U.S. Mint. Gasparro designed the reverse of the Lincoln Memorial cents that circulated for 50 years, starting in 1959 and can still be found in pocket change today.

2,500,000 dollars were authorized to be struck. The Philadelphia Mint struck the uncirculated version and 133,139 coins were sold. The San Francisco Mint struck the proof versions and 738,419 coins were sold.

2001 Capitol Visitor Center $1Somogyi designed the obverse of the 2001 U.S. Capitol Visitor Center silver dollar, which features the original Capitol building of 1800 and the current Capitol of 2001. John Mercanti, then Chief Engraver at the U.S. Mint, modeled Somogyi’s design and also created the design for the coin’s reverse.

500,000 of the silver dollars were authorized and all were struck by the Philadelphia Mint. Only 35,380 of the uncirculated versions were sold, while the proof version sold 143,793 coins.

2001 Capitol Visitor Center Coins (with a Sherlockian angle)

2001 Capitol Visitor Center Coins (with a Sherlockian angle)

“… in spite of the efforts of the United States government …”  – The Adventure of the Five Orange Pips (FIVE) The United States Mint struck a three coin series (half dollar, silver dollar and gold $5) in 2001 to help raise funds for the construction of the United States Capitol Visitor Center, which had broken ground… Continue Reading

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

The Numismatic Sigmund Freud

The Numismatic Sigmund Freud

“… this purely mental analysis …” – The Adventure of the Three Gables (3GAB) 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… Continue Reading

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