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The Rathbone & Bruce Personality Dollar Bills

The Rathbone & Bruce Personality Dollar Bills

“… for his bills were all paid in ready money …”

– The Adventure of the Five Orange Pipsi (FIVE)

Basil Rathbone Personality Dollar – Series 1981
Nigel Bruce Personality Dollar – Series 1981
Rathbone & Bruce Personality Dollar – Series 1977A

Last week, we published our Holmework Assignment for February asking for assistance with the Personality Dollar Bills of Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce that were issued in the 1980’s and 1990’s, Peter E. Blau, the 13th Garrideb, responded almost immediately to our request.

Pictured above are the three notes – Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce and the combination of Rathbone and Bruce. The two individual portrait notes are Series 1981 and signed by Angela M. “Bay” Buchannan and Donald T. Regan, the Treasurer of the United States and the Secretary of the Treasury, respectively. The combination portrait is on a Series 1977A note with the signatures of Treasurer Azie Taylor Morton and Secretary G. William Miller. These dates tie in nicely with the 1984 issuance by the Bailey Studio that was referred to in DeWaal.

The Quarter£y $tatement, 5, No. 3 (August 1984), page 38

Blau was also kind enough to share a scan of the August 1984 issue of The Quarter£y $tatement that featured the set of three notes. All three notes are Series 1981.

As we mentioned in the original HolmeWork assignment, we would be interested in learning of these notes with other series dates.

HolmeWork Assignment: Rathbone & Bruce Personality Dollar Bills

HolmeWork Assignment: Rathbone & Bruce Personality Dollar Bills

“… for his bills were all paid in ready money …” – The Adventure of the Five Orange Pipsi (FIVE) This month’s HolmeWork assignment is once again due to a brief nugget that appeared in Peter E. Blau’s Scuttlebutt from the Spermaceti Press. From the November 1995: From This Old House (Box 468, Almont, MI 48003) offers… Continue Reading

Dressed to Kill (1946)

Dressed to Kill (1946)

“A printing press – a counterfeiter’s outfit …” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) Seventy years ago, June 7, 1946 to be precise, the movie Dressed to Kill premiered. This was the last of the 14 films that starred Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes. The last 3 minutes of the film does have a… Continue Reading

Sherlock Holmes and Frank Sinatra

Sherlock Holmes and Frank Sinatra

“… not only a very capable performer …” – The Adventure of The Red-Headed League (REDH) The 105th Congress (1997-98) of the United States, on May 14, 1998, authorized a Congressional Gold Medal be awarded to Francis Albert “Frank” Sinatra for “outstanding and enduring contributions through his entertainment career and humanitarian activities.” Unfortunately, Sinatra passed away on… Continue Reading

HolmeWork Assignment: The Sherlock Holmes Credit Card

HolmeWork Assignment: The Sherlock Holmes Credit Card

“… while he has £220 standing to his credit in the Capital and Counties Bank.” – The Adventure of The Five Orange Pips (FIVE)          The Universal Sherlock Holmes by Ronald Burt De Waal and 14th Garrideb, George A. Vanderburgh has been a tremendous reference tool to your Mycroft as we first attempted to… Continue Reading

Partial NBC Radio 12/25/1939 Broadcast of The Three Garridebs with Rathbone & Bruce

Partial NBC Radio 12/25/1939 Broadcast of The Three Garridebs with Rathbone & Bruce

“No doubt you see the significance of this discovery of mine?” – A Study In Scarlet (STUD) Radio versions of The Three Garridebs was one of the very first items we posted about back in September 2014. In that post, we referred that one of the first radio programs that Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce did as… Continue Reading

Basil Rathbone Check From The William Morris Agency

Basil Rathbone Check From The William Morris Agency

“And now, your Grace, I’ll trouble you for that cheque.” – The Adventure of the Priory School (PRIO) Check collecting is another aspect of numismatics for a few collectors.  For Sherlockians, this field allows us to find checks from banks mentioned in stories from the Canon or from actors and actresses from the various dramatic… Continue Reading

The Three Garridebs on Radio

The Three Garridebs on Radio

The Adventure of the Three Garridebs has been adapted seven times for radio. Sherlock Holmes first appeared on the NBC Blue radio network on October 20, 1930 and was played by William Gillette, the noted stage actor who was synonymous with Holmes since the turn of the century.  Gillette was replaced the following week by… Continue Reading