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A Sherlock Holmes Token… From Wales… From 1915

A Sherlock Holmes Token… From Wales… From 1915

“We were to go to the theatre.”

– The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans (BRUC)

     

OBVERSE: THE BANK OF ENGLAND / CHAS. H. / LESTER / – AS – / SHERLOCK / HOLMES / · THERES MONEY IN IT ·

REVERSE: · THE SORROWS OF SATAN · / CHAS. H. / LESTER / – AS – / PRINCE / LUCIO

23 mm, Round, Brass

Our previous post, The Mysterious Case of the Army Uniform, presents evidence that would date this token to 1915. This is now the earliest known numismatic item celebrating Sherlock Holmes and was issued while there were still 13 stories of the original Canon yet to be published!

We would like to thank the 34th Garrideb, Darren Burgess, for sharing his discovery with us.

CORRECTION: We mistakenly titled this token as being from Australia when originally published at 17:47 on September 12. We have corrected this, at 20:23, as actually being from Wales. Our apologies for this error.

The Haller Baking Company’s Sherlock Holmes Treasure Hunt Token

The Haller Baking Company’s Sherlock Holmes Treasure Hunt Token

“… when people bury treasure nowadays they do it in the Post Office bank.” – The Adventure of the Three Gables (3GAB)       Just before the Memorial Day holiday weekend, I received a letter from Gary Patterson, author of United States Swastika 1907-1936: Tokens, Medals, Watch Fobs & Good Luck Charms, asking if I was… Continue Reading

Sherlock Holmes, Life Magazine and a Token

Sherlock Holmes, Life Magazine and a Token

“‘What ineffable twaddle!’ I cried, slapping the magazine down on the table; ‘I never read such rubbish in my life.’” – A Study In Scarlet (STUD) Periodically, Time, Inc. publishes special editions of Life magazine, and this January published a Sherlock Holmes volume for the title. The title will be on display and available for purchase until… Continue Reading

Krewe of Endymion’s 1982 Mardi Gras Doubloons

Krewe of Endymion’s 1982 Mardi Gras Doubloons

“The French have a very neat way of putting these things.” – The Sign of The Four (SIGN) The Krewe of Endymion was formed in New Orleans in 1966 and was named after the handsome Aeolian shepherd in Greek Mythology. Endymion’s annual Mardi Gras parade is the largest and features floats and celebrity Grand Marshals, followed by a black… Continue Reading