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Sherlockian Appointed to Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee

Sherlockian Appointed to Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee

“What do you think of such a commission as that?”

– The Advenuture of the Engineer’s Thumb (ENGR)

A rather famous Sherlockian (more noted for his previous career) was recently appointed to fill a vacancy on the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC). From the U.S.Mint’s January 19, 2017 press release:

The United States Mint is pleased to announce the appointment of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC). Mr. Abdul-Jabbar fills the vacancy created this year by the resignation of Steven Roach, a member representing the interests of the general public. 

Mr. Abdul-Jabbar, a renowned former professional basketball player who is an avid coin collector, became interested in numismatics based on his love of history and his study of Alexander Hamilton.  Currently, he serves as the chairman of his Skyhook Foundation, whose mission is to “Give Kids a Shot That Can’t be Blocked” by bringing educational opportunities to under-served communities through innovative outdoor environmental learning.   He is also a regular contributing columnist to The Washington Post and Time Magazine, and a best-selling author of literary fiction and non-fiction books.  On November 23, 2016, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama in recognition of his outspoken advocacy of social justice.

The CCAC, established by an Act of Congress in 2003, advises the Secretary of the Treasury on theme or design proposals relating to circulating coinage, bullion coinage, Congressional Gold Medals and other medals produced by the United States Mint.  The CCAC also makes commemorative coin recommendations to the Secretary and advises on the events, persons or places to be commemorated, as well as on the mintage levels and proposed designs.

The CCAC is subject to the authority of the Secretary of the Treasury.  The United States Mint is responsible for providing necessary and appropriate administrative support, technical services and advice.

The CCAC submits an annual report to Congress and the Secretary of the Treasury, describing its activities and providing recommendations.

L to R: Tim Greer, Scott Monty & Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at the 2015 BSI Dinner. Photo by I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere

We discussed Kareem’s Abdul-Jabbar Sherlockian activities a few months back when he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. You can read about that HERE.

The 1949 Inaugural Medal of BSI Member Harry S Truman

The 1949 Inaugural Medal of BSI Member Harry S Truman

“The leader alone retained his stern, impressive expression.” – A Study In Scarlet (STUD) The polls indicated that a Presidential candidate would win the general election handily. However, when the votes were tabulated, the other candidate was victorious. Are we talking about the recent 2016 Presidential election? No, we are referring to the 1948 Presidential… Continue Reading

The Presidential Inaugural Medals of BSI Member Franklin D. Roosevelt

The Presidential Inaugural Medals of BSI Member Franklin D. Roosevelt

“… whose massive head and resolute expression marked him as leader. “ – A Study In Scarlet (STUD) We have discussed before how President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was awarded an honorary membership in the Baker Street Irregulars in 1942, which can be read HERE. With the 2017 President Inauguration a few days away, this seems like a… Continue Reading

The Philatelic and Numismatic Sherlock Holmes by Benton Woods

The Philatelic and Numismatic Sherlock Holmes by Benton Woods

“… such a dear, kind old clergyman.” – A Scandal in Bohemia (SCAN) In the November 1989 edition of Scuttlebutt from the Spermaceti Press, Peter E. Blau published this nugget: Jan. 6 (appropriately) will be the publication date of Ben Wood’s new THE PHILATELIC & NUMISMATIC HOLMES (40 pp., $5.00 postpaid pre-publication and $6.00 afterward).  The following month, Blau would… Continue Reading

TFG Issues Souvenir Card at 2016 ANA World’s Fair of Money Dinner

TFG Issues Souvenir Card at 2016 ANA World’s Fair of Money Dinner

“Surely you will stay and have some dinner?” – The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN) The Numismatic Friends of Sherlock Holmes Dinner in Anaheim, CA – August 11, 2016 ~ Left to Right: (Standing) Bill Fritsch, Bob Fritsch; Darren Burgess, Larry Gaye, Suzanne Gaye, Greg Ruby, Sean M. Wright, BSI, DeForeest Wright Eight Sherlockians and numismatists… Continue Reading

Norman M. Davis – Sherlockian and Numismatist

Norman M. Davis – Sherlockian and Numismatist

“The writer of this note …” – The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge (WIST) We recently reprinted Norman M. Davis’s article, Here Are Your Wages, from the June 1971 issue of The Baker Street Journal. In addition to his investiture in the BSI, Davis was a member of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London, the Red Circle of… Continue Reading

Heritage Auctions’ October 8, 2014 Auction Lot Descriptions of Two Irregular Plates

Heritage Auctions’ October 8, 2014 Auction Lot Descriptions of Two Irregular Plates

“Well, really, this is a very pretty little mystery!” – The Sign of The Four (SIGN) LOT 45316 – Original Brass Plate Mounted to a Dinner Tray Celebrating Sherlock Holmes and the … – Heritage Auctions October 8, 2014 Rare Book Sale, Beverly Hills We recently reprinted Jon Lellenberg’s 2014 article on The Mystery of The… Continue Reading

Heritage Auctions’ May 2, 2014 Auction Lot Description of the Toronto Irregular Plate

Heritage Auctions’ May 2, 2014 Auction Lot Description of the Toronto Irregular Plate

“There is a mystery about this which stimulates the imagination.” – A Study In Scarlet (STUD) LOT #36265 – Original Brass Plate Celebrating Sherlock Holmes and the Publication of Vincent St… – Heritage Auctions April 2, 2014 Rare Book Sale, New York We recently reprinted Jon Lellenberg’s 2014 article on The Mystery of The Three Irregular… Continue Reading

Mullock’s Auctions May 21, 2013 Lot Descriptions of Two Irregular Plates

Mullock’s Auctions May 21, 2013 Lot Descriptions of Two Irregular Plates

“I’ll have the plate moved over to the bank this evening.” – The Adventure of The Missing Three-Quarter (MISS) LOT 221B – Sherlock Holmes The Original Macmillan Company Brass Plate – Mullock’s Auctions, May 21, 2013 We recently reprinted Jon Lellenberg’s 2014 article on The Mystery of The Three Irregular Plates. To accompany his article, we… Continue Reading