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Three ACD Collection Coins Auctioned in January 2014

Three ACD Collection Coins Auctioned in January 2014

“Here was a case of ancient coins.”

– The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR)

One of our group’s earliest goals was to attempt to track down coins from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s personal coin collection.

We were able to locate a price list that Manfra, Tordella & Brookes produced in 1968 of Doyle’s ancient coins. Since then, there have been a few sightings of coins offered from that listing.

At Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio’s Official Auction at the New York International Numismatic Convention on January 10, 2014, we have lot 176:

Greek & Roman Silver & Bronze Issues. 3 pieces in lot. A grouping of Ancient coins once owned by legendary author Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle, the author of the Sherlock Holmes series. The coins include a Roman Republican Denarius from moneyer Q. Sicinius (S-410), a bronze issue of Roman Emperor Aurelian and Diobol of Heraclea. All feature excellent old cabinet toning. All pieces are in individual paper commemorative holders. SOLD AS IS / NO RETURNS. VERY FINE – EXTREMELY FINE $300-$500

The old cabinet toning may have been caused by this coin tray. The “commemorative holders” is probably referring to these “attractive folders.”

In reviewing MTB’s price list from 1968, we do find a listing for

REPUBLICAN DENARIUS, Q. Sicinius 49-48BC, EF, rev[erse] sl[igh]tly off planchet, nice $17.50

but we find no listing of the second or third coin that made up lot 176. This gives more credence to the assertion that we made that there was another, earlier price list of coins from Doyle’s collection by MTB.

The Stack’s Bowers Ponterio auction did not offer pictures of these three coins. Below are illustrations to show what the coins could possibly look like and are NOT from Doyle’s collection.

A Roman Silver Denarius from Moneyer Q. Sicinius (Sear 410)

A Bronze issue of Aurelian (post reforms)

Silver Diobol of Heraclea

Our thanks to the Newman Numismatic Portal – where we located this auction listing.

 

Altamont’s Agents of Albany’s Lapel Pin

Altamont’s Agents of Albany’s Lapel Pin

“I grudge Altamont nothing.” – His Last Bow (LAST)       On October 23, 1978, the group Altamont’s Agents was formed in Albany, New York, meeting at a pub that was named Holmes and Watson, Ltd. This group would go on to be recognized as a scion of the Baker Street Irregulars. In 1989,… Continue Reading

The 1935 Sherlock Bones Hobo Nickel

The 1935 Sherlock Bones Hobo Nickel

“Mr. Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound!’” – The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN)       Back in 1992, the Original Hobo Nickel Society was formed to promote the collecting of engraved buffalo nickels that had been produced prior to 1980. Most of these “original” nickels were engraved with nails, knifes, files and perhaps some punches.… Continue Reading

The Master Bird Watcher Badge from Boss McGinty’s Bird Watchers

The Master Bird Watcher Badge from Boss McGinty’s Bird Watchers

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Doyle Featured on Fantasy 2017 Scottish Ten Pound Note

Doyle Featured on Fantasy 2017 Scottish Ten Pound Note

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Welcome IHOSE Episode #128 Listeners

Welcome IHOSE Episode #128 Listeners

“… difficulties caused by his own aversion to publicity.” – The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot (DEVI) We would like to take this opportunity to welcome those of you may have heard about us on Episode 128 of the I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere podcast. Your friendly editor was interviewed by Scott Monty and Burt Wolder… Continue Reading

HolmeWork Assignment: Sherlockian Chocolate Coins

HolmeWork Assignment: Sherlockian Chocolate Coins

“… I emerged with a little chocolate …” – The Adventure of the Lion’s Mane (LION) Many of our readers may have sampled chocolate coins when they were younger. Generally these candies were made of a waxy chocolate and were wrapped in gold foil and sold in a group, packaged in a fish-net packaging. Usually, these… Continue Reading

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