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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 in the Pobjoy Mint’s press release announcing the Return of Sherlock Holmes series that we posted HERE or their 1994 catalog. The coin pictured above was not mentioned in the ads that the Pobjoy Mint placed in the numismatic press that we discussed in another prior post. We’ve reprinted news articles and columns regarding the Return of Sherlock Holmes series from 1994 and there is no mention of this coin.

It was to the point that I had started writing a post that KM-574 did not exist and was a cataloging error. In all honesty, I did not prioritize that post as a member of our group is the former editor of the SCWC.  Then I found the above picture – a 1994 silver 1/2 Crown from Gibraltar featuring the profile of Sherlock Holmes with inverness cape and deerstalker cap and a smoking pipe.

All of the prior material pointed to 24 coins as part of the Return of Sherlock Holmes series. Eight designs in copper-nickel, silver and gold. The copper-nickel and silver coins are 1 Crowns, while the gold coins are 1/5 Crowns.

I have been loathe to write up a numismatic item on this site if I have not seen the item in person or in a reputable news source / catalog. There was all this supporting evidence that seemed to indicate that this 1/2 Crown didn’t exist. Besides, why would they produce a silver 1/2 Crown of only 1 of the 8 designs.

Yet the picture above seems to indicate otherwise. If this particular coin is like other 1/2 Crowns of Gibraltar, the coin is 32mm round, 2mm thick and weighs 15.55g.

Now, there are a few questions to be asked:

  • How many were made?
  • Are there silver 1/2 Crowns of the other 7 designs?
  • Are there copper-nickel 1/2 Crowns of this and the the other 7 designs.
  • If not, why was this design done as a silver 1/2 Crown?
  • Why didn’t the Pobjoy Mint mention this denomination in their press releases, catalogs and advertisements?

I’m not sure Holmes would be able to come with reasoning behind this coin.

Cook Islands To Issue Detective Conan Coins

Cook Islands To Issue Detective Conan Coins

“… looking as delighted as a child with a new toy.” – A Study in Scarlet (STUD) The government of the Cook Islands announced in late July that they would be striking two coins to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Detective Conan. In 1994, a Japanese detective manga series called Detective Conan was launched and since that time over… Continue Reading

Sherlock Holmes and Scooby-Doo

Sherlock Holmes and Scooby-Doo

“Mr. Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound!” – The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN) Since we having recently been talking about a mystery involving a giant hound, let’s turn our focus onto a giant hound that helps solves mysteries. In 1969, the animation studios of Hanna-Barbera produced the first episodes of Scooby-Doo,… Continue Reading

The 1997 British Tales of Terror Philatelic Numismatic Cover

The 1997 British Tales of Terror Philatelic Numismatic Cover

“Mr. Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound!” – The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN) On May 13, 1997, Great Britain issued a four stamp series with the theme of Tales of Terror.  The four stamps features designs of the Hound of the Baskervilles, Dracula, Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Many… Continue Reading

Canada Issues $200 Gold Coin Featuring the Amazon

Canada Issues $200 Gold Coin Featuring the Amazon

“… the derelict Marie Celeste …” – J. Habakuk Jephson’s Statement Almost four years before the name Sherlock Holmes was seen in print, Arthur Conan Doyle had published J. Habakuk Jephson’s Statement in the January 1884 issue of The Cornhill Magazine. Doyle was one of the first to publish a fictionalized version of the mystery of the ship Mary Celeste, which… Continue Reading

The 2007 Cook Islands Hound of the Baskervilles Coin

The 2007 Cook Islands Hound of the Baskervilles Coin

“Mr. Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound!” – The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN)       In 2007, the Cook Islands contracted with the Perth Mint of Australia to produce a set of four 1 ounce .999 silver $2 coins.  All four coins featured color vignettes from the 1979 – 1986… Continue Reading

Niue Issues 2 Coin Set Featuring Cumberbatch & Freeman

Niue Issues 2 Coin Set Featuring Cumberbatch & Freeman

“… so admirably done that it was a perfect facsimile.” – The Adventure of The Empty House (EMPT)       Reverse designs featuring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman from BBC’s Sherlock on the 2016 Niue $2 Coins The South Pacific island nation of Niue has just released a 2 coin set featuring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin… Continue Reading

Gibraltar’s 1994 Hound of The Baskervilles Crowns

Gibraltar’s 1994 Hound of The Baskervilles Crowns

“With long bounds the huge black creature was leaping down the track …” – The Hound of The Baskervilles (HOUN) 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 the scene on the… Continue Reading

The Final Problem $2 Coin From The Cook Islands

The Final Problem $2 Coin From The Cook Islands

“… the best and the wisest man whom I have ever known.” – The Adventure of The Final Problem (FINA) In 2007, the Cook Islands contracted with the Perth Mint of Australia to produce a set of four 1 ounce .999 silver $2 coins.  All four coins featured color vignettes from the 1979 – 1986 Soviet television… Continue Reading

Daffy Duck & Porky Pig in “Deduce, You Say!”

Daffy Duck & Porky Pig in “Deduce, You Say!”

“… when we had this comic interlude.” – The Adventure of The Three Gables (3GAB) Your editor has fond memories of rushing home from elementary school in order to watch the old Warner Brothers Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons that were syndicated to a local UHF TV station. There was also the Saturday morning show that appeared on… Continue Reading