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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)

2007 Cook Islands OBVFinal Problem 2007 Cook Islands REV

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 productions of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. 

In this series, Vasily Livanov starred as Sherlock Holmes and Vitaly Solomin as Dr. Watson. The second episode of the second season (1980) was titled The Deadly Fight and was based on The Final Problem. Professor Moriarty was portrayed by Viktor Yevgrafov.

OBVERSE: ELIZABETH II • COOK ISLANDS • TWO DOLLARS / (bust of Queen Elizabeth II, facing right) / • 2007 •

REVERSE: THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES / 1 OZ. / (color vignette of, clockwise from top, Professor Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes with walking stick and Dr. Watson. The Reichenbach Falls are in the background.) / .999 / SILVER / THE FINAL PROBLEM

Round, 40.7mm, .999 Silver, mintage of 8,000

Faces of Moriarty: John Huston

Faces of Moriarty: John Huston

“… the actor in some strange drama …” – The Adventure of The Yellow Face (YELL) John Huston was an Oscar winning screenwriter, director and actor with a career that spanned over 50 years. Many of the films he was involved with are considered classics – The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The African… Continue Reading

Gibraltar’s 1994 The Final Problem Crowns

Gibraltar’s 1994 The Final Problem Crowns

“… reeling over, locked in each other’s arms.” – The Adventure of The Final Problem (FINA) 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 scuffle between Holmes and Professor Moriarty near the Reichenbach Falls… Continue Reading

Sherlock Holmes and Cheques

Sherlock Holmes and Cheques

Many people collect checks connected with specific bank ‘family trees’, others from banks connected with a certain town or city. Many collectors also collect cheques signed by famous people, but perhaps more challenging is collecting cheques associated with fictional characters. One of the best known fictional characters in the world, and one of my favorites,… Continue Reading

The Sherlock Holmes Centennial Art Medal Collection: An Update – 4 Medals!

The Sherlock Holmes Centennial Art Medal Collection: An Update – 4 Medals!

“I have just made a discovery of the highest importance …” – A Study In Scarlet (STUD) Back in January, we published a HolmeWork assignment asking for more information about the Sherlock Holmes Centennial Art Medal Collection that was advertised back in 1986-87. You can read that post here and a follow up post showing the… Continue Reading

SherloCON 2016 Announces Dates and Medal Design

SherloCON 2016 Announces Dates and Medal Design

“He is the Napoleon of crime, Watson.” – The Adventure of The Final Problem (FINA) Deutsche Sherlock Holmes Gesellschaft, a Sherlock Holmes society based in Germany, has annouced the date of it’s next biannual conference, SherloCon.  The 2016 version will be held April 22-24, 2016 in Saarbrücken and the conference theme will be the 125th… Continue Reading

Get Sherlock Holmes Themed Personalized Checks

Get Sherlock Holmes Themed Personalized Checks

“Have you your cheque-book?” – The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet (BERY) The hardcore Sherlockian numismatist now has the option of getting checks printed with Sherlockian themes. These could be the perfect way to send your payment for a club meeting dinner or paying for purchases in the Vendor Room during the BSI Weekend in… Continue Reading

Pobjoy Mint’s 1994 Catalog & Press Release

Pobjoy Mint’s 1994 Catalog & Press Release

“… I would read as easily as I do the apocrypha of the agony column.” – The Valley of Fear (VALL) When I first started collecting coins, I was very intrigued when I could find ephemera (advertising, invoices, order forms, etc.) related to the items in my collection. Not much has changed for me over the… Continue Reading

April HolmeWork Assignment: Gibraltar’s 1994 Golden Sherlock Holmes Coins

April HolmeWork Assignment: Gibraltar’s 1994 Golden Sherlock Holmes Coins

A few weeks back, we published Ed Rochette’s 1995 syndicated column featuring the Pobjoy Mint releasing a series of coins commemorating the Return of Sherlock Holmes. Twenty-four different coins were struck in 3 different metals with 8 different designs. We have photographs of the 8 cupro-nickel Crowns and the 8 .925 fine sterling silver coins.… Continue Reading