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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.

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

Sherlock Holmes and Cheques

Sherlock Holmes and Cheques

Many people collect checks connected with specific bank ‘family trees’, others from banks connected with a certain town or city. Many collectors also collect cheques signed by famous people, but perhaps more challenging is collecting cheques associated with fictional characters. One of the best known fictional characters in the world, and one of my favorites,… Continue Reading

The Banking Connection: 1894 – 1994

The Banking Connection: 1894 – 1994

“The Capital and Counties Bank, Oxford Street branch, are my agents.” – The Adventure of The Priory School (PRIO) London in 1894, when Sherlock Holmes returned from his incognito foreign journeying, was enjoying the Golden Age of British Imperial investment and expansion, bringing an enormous accretion of wealth to the Capital City of the Empire.… Continue Reading

Monetary & Numismatic Mentions: The Dancing Men

Monetary & Numismatic Mentions: The Dancing Men

“Your cheque-book is locked in my drawer …” – The Adventure of The Dancing Men (DANC) In this post, we peruse The Adventure of The Dancing Men looking for mention of monetary transactions and numismatic items. As always, the page numbers [seen here in brackets] refer to the relevant pages in The Complete Sherlock Holmes published by… Continue Reading

Answers to The Inquisition: The Dancing Men

Answers to The Inquisition: The Dancing Men

“… she wrote an answer under one of them.” – The Adventure of The Dancing Men (DANC) We are at the end of August and it is time for our Inquisitor, Denny Dobry, to provide us the answers to this month’s quiz – each monthly quiz is on the featured story of the month and this month was… Continue Reading

The Inquisition: The Dancing Men

The Inquisition: The Dancing Men

” … answer no questions of any sort …” – The Adventure of The Dancing Men (DANC) Once again, it is time for the Inquisition to begin for this month’s story – The Adventure of The Dancing Men. 1.  Where did the first three messages appear? 2.  What two things caused Holmes to be too late… Continue Reading

Data! Data! Data! – The Dancing Men

Data! Data! Data! – The Dancing Men

“‘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… Continue Reading

The 17 Steps: The Dancing Men

The 17 Steps: The Dancing Men

Seventeen thoughts for further ponderance of the case at hand – The Dancing Men (DANC) THE ANATOMY OF A VERY LARGE BIRD Watson begins this tale with, “Holmes had been seated for some hours in silence with his long, thin back curved over a chemical vessel in which he was brewing a particularly malodorous product.… Continue Reading

Our August Story: The Dancing Men

Our August Story: The Dancing Men

August is almost here! Our story for August is The Adventure of The Dancing Men and we will have all of our regular features from Brad Keefauver, Denny Dobry and Frank Mentzel. The Adventure of The Golden Pince-Nez will be our story for September. We hope that everyone has been enjoying the summer months. Continue Reading