Irregular Postings on Coin Collecting & Numismatics - Both Canonical & Conanical

A Scion Society of The Baker Street Irregulars

Numismatists Do Not Fear Change

Category Archives: Return

The Return of Sherlock Holmes

Doyle Featured on Fantasy 2017 Scottish Ten Pound Note

Doyle Featured on Fantasy 2017 Scottish Ten Pound Note

“… one who had been a whaler.”

– The Adventure of Black Peteri (BLAC)

Earlier this month, listings for a fantasy 10 pound Scottish banknote featuring Arthur Conan Doyle began appearing on some of the major online auction services.

The front of the note features a left-facing portrait of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In the background, appears to be the manuscript of Life on a Greenland Whaler in Doyle’s handwriting. In the upper right hand corner of the note, below are four characters in the font from the Adventure of the Dancing Men story. A six digit serial number is overprinted in red ink.

For those with an ultra-violet light, you will be able to view a “watermark” on the front of the note on the left side of the note.

The back of the note features a whaling ship anchored among some small icebergs and the statue of Sherlock Holmes that is erected in Edinburgh. The note references DOYLE’S VOYAGE TO ARCTIC ON THE “HOPE” WHALER SHIP with the dates of FEBRUARY – SEPTEMBER 1880. The notes also reference EDINBURGH with a date of 18th September 2017.

The notes simply state BANKNOTE OF SCOTLAND and clearly states THIS NOTE IS NON-NEGOTIABLE ESSAY – SPECIMEN.

These notes measure 130 mm by 67 mm and are offset printed in the Czech Republic, with 600 notes manufactured. Below Doyle’s portrait is GABRISBANKNOTE2017.

Gabris Matej is the designer of these notes and you can read more about him HERE and view many of his other creations HERE. In a somewhat ironic twist, some of his previous fantasy notes have been reproduced and sold by others online — “counterfeits” if you will.  Already, multiple vendors are selling this note a wide range of prices being offered. Matej’s online shop at a major online auction site can be found HERE if you wish to deal with the creator of the note.

Currently, there is an example of this note offered online with the serial number of 000000 and has been stamped SPECIMEN. We mention it here in the interest of completeness.

In the January 1897 issue of The Strand Magazine, Doyle authored Life on a Greenland Whaler, based on his experiences from the seven months in 1880. You can read that story HERE.

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

The Westphalian Coinage of Jerome I

The Westphalian Coinage of Jerome I

“… the natural anxiety of a wife for her missing husband.” – The Sign of The Four (SIGN) Jérôme-Napoléon Bonaparte was the youngest brother of Napoleon Bonaparte, a military leader who would become the Emperor of France. In his late teens, Jerome visited the United States after serving in the French navy in the Carribean. While visiting… Continue Reading

Data! Data! Data! – The Six Napoleons

Data! Data! Data! – The Six Napoleons

“‘Data! Data! Data!‘ he cried impatiently. ‘I can’t make bricks without clay.’” – The Adventures of The Copper Beeches (COPP) This column is composed of material (Data!) developed for a short course called Appreciating Sherlock Holmes that I teach twice a year in the Community Education Life Enrichment Program for a local community college. It is composed… Continue Reading

The 17 Steps: The Six Napoleons

The 17 Steps: The Six Napoleons

Seventeen thoughts for further ponderance of the case at hand – The Six Napoleons A FRIEND ENJOYING THE COMFORTS OF 221B There’s something special about the beginning of this tale, a feeling that the friendly association of Holmes and Watson was not something they restricted to their own circle of two. We begin this visit… 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

The Coins on Ronald’s Adair Desk

The Coins on Ronald’s Adair Desk

“On the table lay two bank-notes for £10 each and £17 10s. in silver and gold …” – The Adventure of The Empty House (EMPT) In The Adventure of The Final Problem, we learn of the murder of the Honourable Ronald Adair. Watson goes on to describe Adair’s fondness for cards and describes the desk where… Continue Reading

The Indian General Service Medal of Colonel Sebastian Moran

The Indian General Service Medal of Colonel Sebastian Moran

“This, gentlemen, is Colonel Sebastian Moran, once of Her Majesty’s Indian Army …” – The Adventure of The Empty House (EMPT) After the arrest of Colonel Sebastian Moran in The Final Problem, Holmes and Watson retire to 221b Baker Street. While conversing, Watson mentions that he was not familiar with the Colonel. Holmes looks through his… Continue Reading