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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 two of the stories from the Canon – The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter and The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans.

We have briefly discussed Diogenes in the past – the inaugural meeting of the Diogenes Club of Washington, D.C. Diogenes was an ancient Greek philosopher and was one of the founders of the philosophy known as cynicism. His father was a minter of coins, and later, Diogenes would be banished from Sinope (now modern-day Turkey) for debasing the coinage in a scheme with his father.

Pictured above, is the gold 200 Euros coin that was released for sale in April. The coin has a diameter of 22.1 millimeters, weighs 7.98 grams and is .916 pure gold. Only 1,000 coins are being struck in proof condition.

     

The silver 10 Euros coin is also offered in proof condition and has a maximum mintage of 2,000. This coin has a diameter of 40 millimeters, weighs 34.1 grams and is .925 fine silver.

Both coins come in presentation cases and are accompanied by the oh-so-important certificate of authenticity. You wouldn’t want to buy a possibly debased coin featuring Diogenes…..

These coins can be found on the usual major auction websites, as well as the websites of many coin dealers that specialize in modern bullion and collector coinage.

Watson Coins A Phrase (2001)

Watson Coins A Phrase (2001)

“There’s money in this case …” – A Scandal In Bohemia (SCAN) In The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet, son Arthur asks father, Alexander Holder, for 100 pounds. The father “… was very angry, for this was the third demand during the month. ‘You shall not have a farthing from me’, (he) cried, on which… Continue Reading

Video: Sherlock Holmes & Numismatics – 1991 ANA Convention Presentation

Video: Sherlock Holmes & Numismatics – 1991 ANA Convention Presentation

“… and had delivered his usual brilliant lecture to a crowded class.” – The Adventure of The Creeping Man (CREE) During the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) 100th Anniversary Convention (aka The World’s Fair of Money, the first ANA convention to use this marketing theme) in August, 1991, the then Vice President of the ANA, Edward C. Rochette,… Continue Reading

The Case of the French Interpreter – November 22, 1954

The Case of the French Interpreter – November 22, 1954

“You perceive that we have taken you into our confidence over some very private business.” – The Adventure of The Greek Interpreter (GREE) In 1954, Ronald Howard and H. Marion Crawford would star as Holmes and Watson in 39 episodes of a syndicated Sherlock Holmes television series. The 30 minute episodes were produced by Sheldon… Continue Reading

Another Portrait Medal Of Vernet

Another Portrait Medal Of Vernet

“… my grandmother, who was the sister of Vernet, the French artist.” – The Adventure of The Greek Interpreter (GREE) In 1968, the Monnaie de Paris struck this 68mm bronze medal to commemorate the life of Horace Vernet. The obverse features a right facing bust of Vernet. The reverse has the French imperial eagle as the central… Continue Reading

Some Medallic Remembrances of London Bridge

Some Medallic Remembrances of London Bridge

“It was a quarter to ten before we reached London Bridge…” – The Adventure of The Greek Interpreter (GREE) London Bridge is mentioned in The Adventure of The Greek Interpreter as Holmes and Watson rush to rescue Mr. Melas from his abductors.  London Bridge and the nearby London Bridge Station are also referenced in the following… Continue Reading

There Are Five Sovereigns Here – Numismatic References in The Greek Interpreter

There Are Five Sovereigns Here – Numismatic References in The Greek Interpreter

“There are five sovereigns here,” said he, walking up to me, “which will, I hope, be a sufficient fee.” – The Adventure of The Greek Interpreter (GREE) The above quote is the only reference to money or a coin in The Adventure of The Greek Interpreter and is found at line 233 of the story. The… Continue Reading

Sherlock Holmes’ Great Uncle? – The Artist Horace Vernet

Sherlock Holmes’ Great Uncle? – The Artist Horace Vernet

Readers of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes adventure “The Greek Interpreter” (1893) may remember that the story begins with Holmes and Watson “discussing hereditary aptitudes” after tea one summer’s evening. “In your case”, Watson tells Holmes, “it seems obvious that your faculty of observation in your peculiar facility for deduction are due to own… Continue Reading

The Inquisition: The Greek Interpreter

The Inquisition: The Greek Interpreter

“Only to ask a few questions of a Greek gentleman who is visiting us, and to let us have the answers.” – The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter (GREE) Another month is here and that means it is time for our Inquisitor, Denny Dobry’s dastardly quiz – each monthly quiz is on the featured story of… Continue Reading