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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)

2016 Bank of London 20 Pound Note

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 first glance appear to be intaglio printed (as U.S. currency is), but they are offset printed. These notes have individual serial numbers (1,000 notes were printed) and feature watermarks, Ultraviolet fluorescent fibers, microprinting, and Ultraviolet seal overprint on the front.

Jeremy Brett is featured prominently on the front as is the Palace of Westminster and Big Ben. To the right of Brett, is Holmes’s violin and magnifying glass.  Looking at the strings of the violin through the magnifying glass, you’ll notice that the violin strings are actually the words SHERLOCK HOLMES micro printed. There is also a small bust of Holmes at the bottom center of the note and that is filled with micro printing as well.

Illustration by Sidney Paget in The Strand Magazine - December 1892
Illustration by Sidney Paget in The Strand Magazine – December 1892

The back of the note features the Sidney Paget drawing from Silver Blaze as the central vignette and an 1885 coin featuring Queen Victoria. Behind the wording of TWENTY POUNDS at the bottom of the note are 15 dancing men symbols from The Dancing Men, which translates to AM HERE ABE SLANEY.

For those looking to find this on various online auction services, I would suggest searching using the phrase 2016 Sherlock 20 pounds.

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