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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.

 

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… Continue Reading

Arthur Conan Doyle and the Order of the Crown of Italy

Arthur Conan Doyle and the Order of the Crown of Italy

“If you have a fancy to see your name in the next honours list” – The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans (BRUC) In 1898, Arthur Conan Doyle visited Italy with his brother-in-law, E. W, “Willie” Hornung (the novelist who created the gentlemen burglar “Raffles”). During his tour, King Umberto I of Italy conferred the Order… Continue Reading

Classical Numismatic Group Sells 2 Coins From ACD Collection

Classical Numismatic Group Sells 2 Coins From ACD Collection

“Here was a case of ancient coins.” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) Classical Numismatic Group conducted an online auction of ancient coins that closed on September 28, 2016. One lot would be of interest to the Sherlockian numismatist: Sale 383, Lot: 458. Estimate $100. Sold for $240. This amount does not include… Continue Reading

Reproduction Check of Arthur Conan Doyle

Reproduction Check of Arthur Conan Doyle

“But thanks to my cheque-book …” – His Last Bow (LAST) The website of Famous-Celebrity-Autographs.com has numerous offerings of reproductions of checks signed by celebrities and other famous people. One such celebrity would be Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. They are offering a reproduction of a $15 check that he wrote on June 7, 1922 and was drawn… Continue Reading

The Order of St. John

The Order of St. John

“… a chivalrous gentleman …” – The Adventure of The Illustrious Client (ILLU) If you happened to be reading The London Gazette on August 5, 2016, there was a notice of new appointments to the Order of St.John. Congratulations to the 36th Garrideb, Michael Quigley SBStJ, on his appointment as a Serving Brother of the Order of St.… Continue Reading

An Annotated Copy of the May 9, 1913 Sotheby’s Auction of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Coin Collection

An Annotated Copy of the May 9, 1913 Sotheby’s Auction of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Coin Collection

“Now and again I drive down to Sotheby‘s …” – The Adventure of The Three Garridebs (3GAR) A few weeks back, we published a post illustrating the three pages of the 22 lots of coins from the Arthur Conan Doyle collection, that was auctioned on May 9, 1913.  Thanks to Dr. Ted V. Buttrey of the Fitzwilliam Museum… 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