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Greece Issues Two 2017 Coins Honoring Diogenes

Greece Issues Two 2017 Coins Honoring Diogenes

“Well, in the Diogenes Club, for example.”

– The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter (GREE)

Earlier this year, the Greek Ministry of Finance authorized the Bank of Greece to issue two “collector” coins featuring the philosopher Diogenes. Many of you are probably familiar with the mention of the Diogenes Club, the familiar haunt of Mycroft Holmes, in two of the stories from the Canon – The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter and The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans.

We have briefly discussed Diogenes in the past – the inaugural meeting of the Diogenes Club of Washington, D.C. Diogenes was an ancient Greek philosopher and was one of the founders of the philosophy known as cynicism. His father was a minter of coins, and later, Diogenes would be banished from Sinope (now modern-day Turkey) for debasing the coinage in a scheme with his father.

Pictured above, is the gold 200 Euros coin that was released for sale in April. The coin has a diameter of 22.1 millimeters, weighs 7.98 grams and is .916 pure gold. Only 1,000 coins are being struck in proof condition.

     

The silver 10 Euros coin is also offered in proof condition and has a maximum mintage of 2,000. This coin has a diameter of 40 millimeters, weighs 34.1 grams and is .925 fine silver.

Both coins come in presentation cases and are accompanied by the oh-so-important certificate of authenticity. You wouldn’t want to buy a possibly debased coin featuring Diogenes…..

These coins can be found on the usual major auction websites, as well as the websites of many coin dealers that specialize in modern bullion and collector coinage.

Recreating 221B

Recreating 221B

“… a single large airy sitting-room, cheerfully furnished, and illuminated by two broad windows.” – A Study In Scarlet (STUD) On Saturday, April 9, 2016, Denny Dobry, the 42nd Garrideb and his wife Joann, will be hosting an open house for interested Sherlockians to view his version of Holmes and Watson’s famous sitting room at 221B Baker… Continue Reading

Watson Coins A Phrase (2001)

Watson Coins A Phrase (2001)

“There’s money in this case …” – A Scandal In Bohemia (SCAN) In The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet, son Arthur asks father, Alexander Holder, for 100 pounds. The father “… was very angry, for this was the third demand during the month. ‘You shall not have a farthing from me’, (he) cried, on which… Continue Reading

The Banking Connection: 1894 – 1994

The Banking Connection: 1894 – 1994

“The Capital and Counties Bank, Oxford Street branch, are my agents.” – The Adventure of The Priory School (PRIO) London in 1894, when Sherlock Holmes returned from his incognito foreign journeying, was enjoying the Golden Age of British Imperial investment and expansion, bringing an enormous accretion of wealth to the Capital City of the Empire.… 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

The London Underground and Sherlock Holmes

The London Underground and Sherlock Holmes

“I should like to see him clapped down in a third-class carriage on the Underground, and asked to give the trades of all his fellow-travellers.” – A Study in Scarlet (STUD) The London Underground, or “tube”, has a few mentions in the Canon.  The above quote, from A Study in Scarlet” is Watson’s reaction after reading Holmes’ The Book… Continue Reading