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Doyle Featured on Fantasy 2017 Scottish Ten Pound Note

Doyle Featured on Fantasy 2017 Scottish Ten Pound Note

“… one who had been a whaler.”

– The Adventure of Black Peteri (BLAC)

Earlier this month, listings for a fantasy 10 pound Scottish banknote featuring Arthur Conan Doyle began appearing on some of the major online auction services.

The front of the note features a left-facing portrait of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In the background, appears to be the manuscript of Life on a Greenland Whaler in Doyle’s handwriting. In the upper right hand corner of the note, below are four characters in the font from the Adventure of the Dancing Men story. A six digit serial number is overprinted in red ink.

For those with an ultra-violet light, you will be able to view a “watermark” on the front of the note on the left side of the note.

The back of the note features a whaling ship anchored among some small icebergs and the statue of Sherlock Holmes that is erected in Edinburgh. The note references DOYLE’S VOYAGE TO ARCTIC ON THE “HOPE” WHALER SHIP with the dates of FEBRUARY – SEPTEMBER 1880. The notes also reference EDINBURGH with a date of 18th September 2017.

The notes simply state BANKNOTE OF SCOTLAND and clearly states THIS NOTE IS NON-NEGOTIABLE ESSAY – SPECIMEN.

These notes measure 130 mm by 67 mm and are offset printed in the Czech Republic, with 600 notes manufactured. Below Doyle’s portrait is GABRISBANKNOTE2017.

Gabris Matej is the designer of these notes and you can read more about him HERE and view many of his other creations HERE. In a somewhat ironic twist, some of his previous fantasy notes have been reproduced and sold by others online — “counterfeits” if you will.  Already, multiple vendors are selling this note a wide range of prices being offered. Matej’s online shop at a major online auction site can be found HERE if you wish to deal with the creator of the note.

Currently, there is an example of this note offered online with the serial number of 000000 and has been stamped SPECIMEN. We mention it here in the interest of completeness.

In the January 1897 issue of The Strand Magazine, Doyle authored Life on a Greenland Whaler, based on his experiences from the seven months in 1880. You can read that story HERE.

The Pontine Press Sherlock Holmes One Hound Banknote

The Pontine Press Sherlock Holmes One Hound Banknote

“A printing press – a counterfeiter’s outfit …” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) The above pictured fantasy banknote was created during the 1970’s by Luther Norris’s Pontine Press and was based on the actual Bank of England 1 pound notes circulating at the time, pictured below. The note is a faithful recreation of… Continue Reading

The Numismatic Sigmund Freud

The Numismatic Sigmund Freud

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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… Continue Reading

The Rathbone & Bruce Personality Dollar Bills

The Rathbone & Bruce Personality Dollar Bills

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HolmeWork Assignment: Rathbone & Bruce Personality Dollar Bills

HolmeWork Assignment: Rathbone & Bruce Personality Dollar Bills

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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