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MTB’s 1968 Price List of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Ancient Coin Collection

MTB’s 1968 Price List of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Ancient Coin Collection

“That’s the list …” – The Adventure of The Blue Carbuncle (BLUE) In October 2014, we published our first HolmeWork assignment, asking for assistance in locating the price list that Manfra, Tordella and Brookes issued in 1968 when they sold the ancient coin collection of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. We now have copies of a… Continue Reading

Sotheby’s May 9, 1913 Cataloging of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Coins

Sotheby’s May 9, 1913 Cataloging of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Coins

“Now and again I drive down to Sotheby‘s …” – The Adventure of The Three Garridebs (3GAR) A few weeks ago we published a HolmeWork assignment regarding a New York Times news items regarding Sotheby’s auctioning off some of Arthur Conan Doyle’s coin collection in 1913 [By the way, we’re going to act like we never… Continue Reading

HolmeWork Assignment: Sotheby’s Auctioned A Portion of A. Conan Doyle’s Coin Collection

HolmeWork Assignment: Sotheby’s Auctioned A Portion of A. Conan Doyle’s Coin Collection

“Now and again I drive down to Sotheby‘s” – The Adventure of The Three Garridebs (3GAR) We had earlier posted about Manfra, Tordella and Brooks offering ancient coins from Arthur Conan Doyle’s collection in 1968 (and we have some updates on that topic in the very near future!). While scrolling through the massive New York Times database, we… Continue Reading

Video: Sherlock Holmes & Numismatics – 1991 ANA Convention Presentation

Video: Sherlock Holmes & Numismatics – 1991 ANA Convention Presentation

“… and had delivered his usual brilliant lecture to a crowded class.” – The Adventure of The Creeping Man (CREE) During the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) 100th Anniversary Convention (aka The World’s Fair of Money, the first ANA convention to use this marketing theme) in August, 1991, the then Vice President of the ANA, Edward C. Rochette,… Continue Reading

Isle of Man Fairy Coins of 1996-1998

Isle of Man Fairy Coins of 1996-1998

“‘Do you find it interesting?’ ‘To a collector of fairy-tales.’” – The Hound of The Baskervilles (HOUN) Arthur Conan Doyle’s interest in spiritualism has been well documented. In 1917, two young cousins, Frances Griffiths and Elsie Wright, were photographed with “fairies,” near Cottingley, England. These photographs were shared with a few family members who then… Continue Reading

Fairies Finally Get Their Due With Gold Coin (1996)

Fairies Finally Get Their Due With Gold Coin (1996)

  Arthur Conan Doyle created the world’s the most believable fictitious character. On any given day, polls conducted on the streets of London will show that fully 70 percent of the population interviewed believe that Sherlock Holmes lived or still lives. Ask the same question about fairies and few, if any, would admit to believing… Continue Reading

Gibraltar’s 1994 221B Baker Street Crowns

Gibraltar’s 1994 221B Baker Street Crowns

” … some of the illustrious clients who crossed our humble threshold in Baker Street.” – The Adventure of Black Peter (BLAC) Gibraltar released 8 different designs for its 1994 series of coins commemorating the 100th anniversary of the return of Sherlock Holmes. In this post, we will discuss the three coins that feature an outside scene of… Continue Reading

An Advertising Token Of The Daily Chronicle

An Advertising Token Of The Daily Chronicle

“So much for the Daily Chronicle …” – The Adventure of The Cardboard Box (CARD) In 1872, a halfpenny newspaper called Clerkenwell News was launched in central London. Four years later, publisher Edward Lloyd would buy the paper and rename it The Daily Chronicle. The above token was issued shortly after this time period. Arthur Conan Doyle… Continue Reading

Three Medals of The Speckled Band of Boston

Three Medals of The Speckled Band of Boston

“It is a nice household …” – The Adventure of The Speckled Band (SPEC) Photos by Richard Olken The Speckled Band of Boston, one of the oldest scions of the Baker Street Irregulars, issued medals at each of their annual meetings in April 2009, 2010 and 2011. Stadri Emblems made the three medals for the SBB,… Continue Reading

Faces of Holmes: Christopher Lee

Faces of Holmes: Christopher Lee

“The stage lost a fine actor…” – A Scandal In Bohemia (SCAN) Sir Christopher Lee died, earlier this week, at the age of 93. Lee would be involved in 5 Holmesian films, playing 3 different characters. In the 1959 film, Hound of the Baskervilles, Lee would play Sir Henry Baskerville. Three years later, Lee would play… Continue Reading