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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.

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

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

Sherlock Holmes and Star Trek

Sherlock Holmes and Star Trek

“I went boldly up to the house …” – A Study In Scarlet (STUD) “To boldly go where no man has gone before …”   – Star Trek For nearly 50 years, there has been a strong connection between Sherlock Holmes and the various incarnations of Star Trek. Many Sherlockians are also members of the… Continue Reading

Select Numismatic Tributes of Napoleon

Select Numismatic Tributes of Napoleon

“… relics of the French Emperor.” – The Adventure of the Six Napoleons (SIXN) It seems only appropriate that we discuss the numismatic items featuring Napoleon Bonaparte as we celebrate all things Six Napoleons this month. Napoleon Bonaparte was born in Corsica on August 15, 1769. An artillery officer in the French army at the outbreak… Continue Reading

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

The Philatelic and Numismatic Sherlock Holmes by Benton Woods

The Philatelic and Numismatic Sherlock Holmes by Benton Woods

“… such a dear, kind old clergyman.” – A Scandal in Bohemia (SCAN) In the November 1989 edition of Scuttlebutt from the Spermaceti Press, Peter E. Blau published this nugget: Jan. 6 (appropriately) will be the publication date of Ben Wood’s new THE PHILATELIC & NUMISMATIC HOLMES (40 pp., $5.00 postpaid pre-publication and $6.00 afterward).  The following month, Blau would… 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