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The Rathbone & Bruce Personality Dollar Bills

The Rathbone & Bruce Personality Dollar Bills

“… for his bills were all paid in ready money …”

– The Adventure of the Five Orange Pipsi (FIVE)

Basil Rathbone Personality Dollar – Series 1981
Nigel Bruce Personality Dollar – Series 1981
Rathbone & Bruce Personality Dollar – Series 1977A

Last week, we published our Holmework Assignment for February asking for assistance with the Personality Dollar Bills of Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce that were issued in the 1980’s and 1990’s, Peter E. Blau, the 13th Garrideb, responded almost immediately to our request.

Pictured above are the three notes – Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce and the combination of Rathbone and Bruce. The two individual portrait notes are Series 1981 and signed by Angela M. “Bay” Buchannan and Donald T. Regan, the Treasurer of the United States and the Secretary of the Treasury, respectively. The combination portrait is on a Series 1977A note with the signatures of Treasurer Azie Taylor Morton and Secretary G. William Miller. These dates tie in nicely with the 1984 issuance by the Bailey Studio that was referred to in DeWaal.

The Quarter£y $tatement, 5, No. 3 (August 1984), page 38

Blau was also kind enough to share a scan of the August 1984 issue of The Quarter£y $tatement that featured the set of three notes. All three notes are Series 1981.

As we mentioned in the original HolmeWork assignment, we would be interested in learning of these notes with other series dates.

HolmeWork Assignment: Rathbone & Bruce Personality Dollar Bills

HolmeWork Assignment: Rathbone & Bruce Personality Dollar Bills

“… for his bills were all paid in ready money …” – The Adventure of the Five Orange Pipsi (FIVE) This month’s HolmeWork assignment is once again due to a brief nugget that appeared in Peter E. Blau’s Scuttlebutt from the Spermaceti Press. From the November 1995: From This Old House (Box 468, Almont, MI 48003) offers… Continue Reading

The Adventure of the Fur-Trimmed Hat

The Adventure of the Fur-Trimmed Hat

” … the compliments of the season.”  – The Adventure of The Blue Carbuncle (BLUE) I had called upon my friend Sherlock Holmes on Christmas Eve, with the intention of wishing him the compliments of the season. He was lounging upon the sofa in a chartreuse dressing-gown, the day’s newspapers well-studied and his black briar emitting… Continue Reading

Sherlockian “Thanks A Million” Fantasy Bank Notes

Sherlockian “Thanks A Million” Fantasy Bank Notes

“… those bundles on the table are two thousand of Prescott’s notes …” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) For the past two years, there have been appearances of fantasy $1,000,000 bank notes (also referred to as bookmarks) for sale over the internet. These bills are a reproduction of a Series 2003A $1 Federal… Continue Reading

Dressed to Kill (1946)

Dressed to Kill (1946)

“A printing press – a counterfeiter’s outfit …” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) Seventy years ago, June 7, 1946 to be precise, the movie Dressed to Kill premiered. This was the last of the 14 films that starred Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes. The last 3 minutes of the film does have a… Continue Reading

Bank of England Exhibition on the History of Counterfeiting

Bank of England Exhibition on the History of Counterfeiting

“… the counterfeiter stands in a class by himself …” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) 2007 Oscar-winning film The Counterfeiters told the story of plans to flood the UK with fake banknotes The August 15, 2016 edition of The Evening Standard has a report by Robert Dex of a new exhibition on counterfeiting that… Continue Reading

TFG Issues Souvenir Card at 2016 ANA World’s Fair of Money Dinner

TFG Issues Souvenir Card at 2016 ANA World’s Fair of Money Dinner

“Surely you will stay and have some dinner?” – The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN) The Numismatic Friends of Sherlock Holmes Dinner in Anaheim, CA – August 11, 2016 ~ Left to Right: (Standing) Bill Fritsch, Bob Fritsch; Darren Burgess, Larry Gaye, Suzanne Gaye, Greg Ruby, Sean M. Wright, BSI, DeForeest Wright Eight Sherlockians and numismatists… 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