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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)

2016 Bank of London 20 Pound Note

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 first glance appear to be intaglio printed (as U.S. currency is), but they are offset printed. These notes have individual serial numbers (1,000 notes were printed) and feature watermarks, Ultraviolet fluorescent fibers, microprinting, and Ultraviolet seal overprint on the front.

Jeremy Brett is featured prominently on the front as is the Palace of Westminster and Big Ben. To the right of Brett, is Holmes’s violin and magnifying glass.  Looking at the strings of the violin through the magnifying glass, you’ll notice that the violin strings are actually the words SHERLOCK HOLMES micro printed. There is also a small bust of Holmes at the bottom center of the note and that is filled with micro printing as well.

Illustration by Sidney Paget in The Strand Magazine - December 1892
Illustration by Sidney Paget in The Strand Magazine – December 1892

The back of the note features the Sidney Paget drawing from Silver Blaze as the central vignette and an 1885 coin featuring Queen Victoria. Behind the wording of TWENTY POUNDS at the bottom of the note are 15 dancing men symbols from The Dancing Men, which translates to AM HERE ABE SLANEY.

For those looking to find this on various online auction services, I would suggest searching using the phrase 2016 Sherlock 20 pounds.

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