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Three Varieties of Benedict Cumberbatch Personality Dollars

Three Varieties of Benedict Cumberbatch Personality Dollars

“It might be his portrait.”

– The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN)

Last month, we posted a Holmework Assignment regarding the Personality Dollar Bills of Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce and were rewarded with examples in a follow-up post a week later. We now turn our attention to Personality Dollar Bills of Benedict Cumberbatch of BBC’s Sherlock fame.

Pictured above are three distinct varieties of these bills that feature Benedict Cumberbatch. These are actual one dollar Federal Reserve Notes that have portraits of Cumberbatch pasted over George Washington’s portrait.

The top variety is the newest, having just appeared in 2017 and features Cumberbatch in a straight portrait view and has his name printed below. Currently this note only exists in black and white.

The bottom two notes varieties have been sold for several years now and feature Cumberbatch is a three-quarters portrait view. Both of these notes use the same portrait in black and white or color varieties. Notice that Cumberbatch’s name does not appear below the portrait on these two varieties.

All three note can still be found on major online auction services and can be purchased at the time this post was written.

For the hardcore collector, there are Personality Dollar Bills for several other actors that have played Holmes or Watson. In our searches, we have found examples for Robert Downey, Jr., Charlton Heston and Jude Law. None of these notes, however, have the pictures from their Sherlockian efforts.

The Rathbone & Bruce Personality Dollar Bills

The Rathbone & Bruce Personality Dollar Bills

“… for his bills were all paid in ready money …” – The Adventure of the Five Orange Pipsi (FIVE) Last week, we published our Holmework Assignment for February asking for assistance with the Personality Dollar Bills of Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce that were issued in the 1980’s and 1990’s, Peter E. Blau, the 13th… Continue Reading

HolmeWork Assignment: Rathbone & Bruce Personality Dollar Bills

HolmeWork Assignment: Rathbone & Bruce Personality Dollar Bills

“… for his bills were all paid in ready money …” – The Adventure of the Five Orange Pipsi (FIVE) This month’s HolmeWork assignment is once again due to a brief nugget that appeared in Peter E. Blau’s Scuttlebutt from the Spermaceti Press. From the November 1995: From This Old House (Box 468, Almont, MI 48003) offers… Continue Reading

The Adventure of the Fur-Trimmed Hat

The Adventure of the Fur-Trimmed Hat

” … the compliments of the season.”  – The Adventure of The Blue Carbuncle (BLUE) I had called upon my friend Sherlock Holmes on Christmas Eve, with the intention of wishing him the compliments of the season. He was lounging upon the sofa in a chartreuse dressing-gown, the day’s newspapers well-studied and his black briar emitting… Continue Reading

Sherlockian “Thanks A Million” Fantasy Bank Notes

Sherlockian “Thanks A Million” Fantasy Bank Notes

“… those bundles on the table are two thousand of Prescott’s notes …” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) For the past two years, there have been appearances of fantasy $1,000,000 bank notes (also referred to as bookmarks) for sale over the internet. These bills are a reproduction of a Series 2003A $1 Federal… Continue Reading

Dressed to Kill (1946)

Dressed to Kill (1946)

“A printing press – a counterfeiter’s outfit …” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) Seventy years ago, June 7, 1946 to be precise, the movie Dressed to Kill premiered. This was the last of the 14 films that starred Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes. The last 3 minutes of the film does have a… Continue Reading

Bank of England Exhibition on the History of Counterfeiting

Bank of England Exhibition on the History of Counterfeiting

“… the counterfeiter stands in a class by himself …” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) 2007 Oscar-winning film The Counterfeiters told the story of plans to flood the UK with fake banknotes The August 15, 2016 edition of The Evening Standard has a report by Robert Dex of a new exhibition on counterfeiting that… Continue Reading

TFG Issues Souvenir Card at 2016 ANA World’s Fair of Money Dinner

TFG Issues Souvenir Card at 2016 ANA World’s Fair of Money Dinner

“Surely you will stay and have some dinner?” – The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN) The Numismatic Friends of Sherlock Holmes Dinner in Anaheim, CA – August 11, 2016 ~ Left to Right: (Standing) Bill Fritsch, Bob Fritsch; Darren Burgess, Larry Gaye, Suzanne Gaye, Greg Ruby, Sean M. Wright, BSI, DeForeest Wright Eight Sherlockians and numismatists… Continue Reading