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The 2016 Silver Blaze (Southern Division) 2 Guinea Banknote

The 2016 Silver Blaze (Southern Division) 2 Guinea Banknote

“‘Then he paid up his two guineas…

– The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN)

In 1952, Thomas L. Stix, Sr. started the New York Silver Blaze at the Jamaica Raceway in honor of the story of the same title by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The race was an annual (well, almost) race at various tracks around New York, although management of the various tracks did pose a few logistical problems over the next 50 years. In 1997, the decision was made to have the race every three years, beginning in 2000. Since that time, the race has been held at Saratoga, the country’s oldest race track and a very picturesque setting.

Various “imitations” of the race would sprout up around the country (and internationally) over the years since that first race in 1952 – Chicago in 1960, Denmark in 1963 with others appearing for a few (or more) races in Toronto, St. Louis, San Francisco, Tampa, Philadelphia, Winnipeg, Dallas, Vancouver, Australia, Portland and Denver, with many more.

In 1972, the 13th Garrideb, Peter E. Blau, started the Silver Blaze (Southern Division) shortly after he relocated to the Washington, DC area. The first two races were held at Bowie Race Course (between Washington and Baltimore). The race would move to historic Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore where he would be held from 1974 through 1998. The race went on hiatus in 1998, as Blau was not willing to deal with the track’s management and lousy customer service any longer.

Your webmaster restarted the Silver Blaze (Southern Division) in 2015, after securing the blessing of Mr. Blau. 2016 marked the 30th running of the race and to commemorate the occassion, the 42nd Garrideb, Denny Dobry, created the souvenir banknote featured above. Many are familiar with the fact that $2 is a common small bet in the horse racing world, so we modified a $2 red seal United States note that is pictured below.

Thomas Jefferson was replaced with Silver Blaze. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes signatures replaced those of the U.S. Treasury officials. Our club seal replaced the seal that was being used by the Treasury Department. The mismatched serial numbers represent the dates of the 2016 race at Pimlico and the date that the Wessex Cup was ran according to the chronologists. On the back of the note, Monticello was replaced with the old Pimlico clubhouse, which was destroyed by fire in 1966. Fifty notes were made and distributed to the race attendees that day.

Today, the only other active Silver Blaze races are held in Chicago, Toronto, and Monmouth Park. This year’s Silver Blaze (Southern Division) will be held on Sunday, June 25 at Laurel Park. The Maryland Jockey Club, owners of both Pimlico and Laurel, forced this race to move south to Laurel as they only had 12 days of racing at Pimlico this year.

Data! Data! Data! – The Silver Blaze

Data! Data! Data! – The Silver Blaze

“‘Data! Data! Data!‘ he cried impatiently. ‘I can’t make bricks without clay.’” – The Adventures of The Copper Beeches (COPP)   This column is composed of material (Data!) developed for a short course called Appreciating Sherlock Holmes that I teach twice a year in the Community Education Life Enrichment Program for a local community college.  It is… Continue Reading

The 17 Steps: Silver Blaze

The 17 Steps: Silver Blaze

Seventeen thoughts for further ponderance of the case at hand – Silver Blaze (SILV) HIS OWN PERSONAL CNN “Fresh editions of every paper had been sent up by our news agent,” Watson writes. We all know London had a lot of papers in those days, but did everyone have a newsagent to deal with their newsprint… Continue Reading

Jeremy Brett Featured on Fantasy £20 Banknote

Jeremy Brett Featured on Fantasy £20 Banknote

“… I’ve got more pounds to my name …” – The Adventure of The Gloria Scott (GLOR) A fantasy £20 bank note for the Bank of London, featuring Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes, was released for sale in late July 2016 on many of the online auction services. The notes are incredibly well detailed and at… Continue Reading

Recreating 221B

Recreating 221B

“… a single large airy sitting-room, cheerfully furnished, and illuminated by two broad windows.” – A Study In Scarlet (STUD) On Saturday, April 9, 2016, Denny Dobry, the 42nd Garrideb and his wife Joann, will be hosting an open house for interested Sherlockians to view his version of Holmes and Watson’s famous sitting room at 221B Baker… Continue Reading

Watson Coins A Phrase (2001)

Watson Coins A Phrase (2001)

“There’s money in this case …” – A Scandal In Bohemia (SCAN) In The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet, son Arthur asks father, Alexander Holder, for 100 pounds. The father “… was very angry, for this was the third demand during the month. ‘You shall not have a farthing from me’, (he) cried, on which… Continue Reading

Glittering Golden Guineas (1951)

Glittering Golden Guineas (1951)

Editor’s Note: This article by noted Holmesian, Jay Finley Christ, is reprinted from The Numismatist, Vol. 64, No. 10 (October 1951), pp. 1103-05. I would claim that this was the first paper published with Sherlock Holmes – numismatic connections. Glittering Gold Guineas by Jay Finley Christ There is at least a spark of numismatic interest in two… Continue Reading

Coins of the Canon – The Money of Late Victorian England (2008)

Coins of the Canon – The Money of Late Victorian England (2008)

Queen Victoria ruled Great Britain from 1837 until her death in 1901. During the 64 years of her reign, Britain turned to the remote parts of the world and established a colonial empire of such extent and prosperity that the world has never seen its like. Over the years of her reign, the bust of… Continue Reading