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B. Max Mehl Offers a Brief Review of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Other Works

B. Max Mehl Offers a Brief Review of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Other Works

“My collection of M’s is a fine one.”

– The Adventure of the Empty House (EMPT)

Noted coin dealer B. Max Mehl published the following in the March 1918 of his house organ Mehl’s Numismatic Monthly:

The Black Prince, What Coins Did He Strike?

“An American boy” asks: “Are there any British coins of the Black Prince, and who was he?”

There are no purely British coins of Edward the Black Prince, who was the first Prince of Wales. He was the son of Edward III. (1327-1377) and was created Prince of Aquitaine by his father, and issued both gold and silver coins there. These bear his name and title (translated) “Edward, first born of the King of England, Prince of Aquitaine.” The reverse legend is (translated), “Glory to God in the highest, and in earth peace to men.”

The present Prince of Wales, also an Edward, has seen much service during the present war, in France, Egypt and Italy. It is said he has become such a hardened soldier that the British Tommies have named him the “Brown Prince.”

If you are interested in the Black Prince, read Conan Doyle’s two books, “Sir Nigel” and “The White Company.” They tell of his adventures in France and are splendid reading.

     

B. Max Mehl might have read one of these first editions!

B. Max Mehl was a driving force in the rare coin business in the first half of the twentieth century. Based in Fort Worth, Texas, Mehl would claim to have spend over a million dollars over the years publishing ads offering to buy a 1913 Liberty Head nickel for $50. Mehl knew that only five of these coins existed and could account for there wherabouts during the time he had this advertising campaign. In reality, Mehl’s advertisements were encouraging folks to buy copies of his The Star Rare Coin Encylcopedia and Premium Catalog, which sold for $1 and listed prices that Mehl would pay for rare coins send to him.

For those that would like to learn some more about Mehl, check out this article by Pete Smith in CoinWeek.

You can view the entire issue of the March 1918 issue of Mehl’s Numismatic Monthly at the Newman Numismatic Portal by clicking HERE.

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… Continue Reading

CBS Radio Mystery Theater: The Absent-Minded League (1978)

CBS Radio Mystery Theater: The Absent-Minded League (1978)

“… the counterfeiter stands in a class by himself as a public danger.” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) From time to time, we will feature a post here regarding other fictional detectives, such as Gregory Hood. On July 18, 1978, the CBS Radio Mystery Theater aired The Absent-Minded League. This dramatization was written by… Continue Reading

A Conversation Pertaining to Aspects Concerning Counterfeiting of Coins in Victorian England.

A Conversation Pertaining to Aspects Concerning Counterfeiting of Coins in Victorian England.

“… the counterfeiter stands in a class by himself as a public danger.” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) Writers are known, if not lauded, for their imaginations. Doyle’s imagination was in full form during his creation of The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb. The house / rooms / press descriptions were nothing short… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

Meet the Garridebs: William Pavey Meskan

Meet the Garridebs: William Pavey Meskan

“A little later the chief constable sent for me.” – The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez (GOLD) It’s been just over a year since we last published one of our “Meet the Garridebs” features. Let’s take this opportunity to meet the 12th Garrideb, William Pavey Meskan, aka Beau. One of our founding charter members (Syracusean,… Continue Reading

Book Review: The Adventure of the Apprentice’s Coin

Book Review: The Adventure of the Apprentice’s Coin

“… I have had considerable experience of my work during the seven years that I was apprenticed …” -The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb (ENGR) In 2011, noted Denver-based Sherlockian Darlene A. Cypser self-published The Adventure of the Apprentice’s Coin. In the story, Sherlock Holmes is attacked in an alley and is rescued by a young boy.… Continue Reading

The Casebook of Gregory Hood – The Three Silver Pesos

The Casebook of Gregory Hood – The Three Silver Pesos

“My dear Gregory….” – The Adventure of Silver Blaze (SILV) From time to time, we will feature a post here regarding other fictional detectives, such as Max Carrados. Today, we feature Gregory Hood, a San Francisco based antiquities importer and amateur detective. On June 3, 1946 the Mutual Broadcasting System premiered the series of The Casebook of… Continue Reading

A Newly Discovered 1994 Gibraltar Return of Sherlock Holmes Coin

A Newly Discovered 1994 Gibraltar Return of Sherlock Holmes Coin

“More puzzled than ever…” – The Adventure of The Empty House (EMPT) The title of this post is slightly misleading. The coin I am about to write about has been listed in the Standard Catalog of World Coins for several years, having been assigned the catalog number of KM-574. But this particular coin was not mentioned… Continue Reading