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Franklin Mint Ingots Feature the Mary Celeste

Franklin Mint Ingots Feature the Mary Celeste

“… having in tow the derelict brigantine Marie Celeste “

J. Habakuk Jephson’s Statement 

Between 1973 and 1976, the Franklin Mint issued a 50 ingot set featuring the Greatest Sailing Ships of History. There were actually three different sets available for purchase – a large sterling silver set, and two sets of mini-ingots in sterling silver and 24 karat gold. All sets would come with a wooden display case, a commemorative and the all important Certificate of Authenticity. Naturally, one of the 50 ships is the Mary Celeste.

OBVERSE: (the ship Mary Celeste in full sail) / MARY CELESTE

REVERSE: (blank)

Rectangular, 63.5 mm x 44.45 mm, 1500 grains Sterling Silver

OBVERSE: (the ship Mary Celeste in full sail)

REVERSE: MARY CELESTE

Rectangular, 19 mm x 12.7 mm, 24 karat Gold

Rectangular, 19 mm x 12.7 mm, Sterling Silver

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The large silver ingot was issued at a price of $25 each and 4,386 ingots were made. The gold mini-ingot had an issue price of $80 and only 109 ingots were issued. At an issue price $3, the silver mini-ingot was the most popular with 18,933 ingots made. Considering how poorly Franklin mint items have done in the secondary market and the rise in bullion prices in the late 1970s and early 1980s, it is likely that many of these ingot have been melted

2013 Niue Ghost Ships Dollar Coin Series Honors the Mary Celeste

2013 Niue Ghost Ships Dollar Coin Series Honors the Mary Celeste

“… having in tow the derelict brigantine Marie Celeste “ – J. Habakuk Jephson’s Statement  In 2013, the south Pacific island nation of Niue contracted with NumisCollect to issue a series of silver one dollar coins honoring “ghost ships.” The first coin in the series was the Mary Celeste.  From NumisCollect’s press release: The Mary Celeste (or… Continue Reading

The 1994 Gibraltar Mary Celeste One Crown Coin

The 1994 Gibraltar Mary Celeste One Crown Coin

“… having in tow the derelict brigantine Marie Celeste “ – J. Habakuk Jephson’s Statement  Gibraltar released 8 different designs for its 1994 series of coins commemorating the 100th anniversary of the return of Sherlock Holmes. In this post, we will discuss the three coins that feature a story that doesn’t involve Sherlock Holmes –… Continue Reading

Faces of Holmes: Charlton Heston

Faces of Holmes: Charlton Heston

“… possible actors in this drama…” – The Adventure of the Second Stain (SECO) Charlton Heston as Holmes in The Crucifer of Blood Charlton Heston was a prolific actor in Hollywood. Upon his death in 2008, noted film critic Roger Ebert commented, “Heston made at least three movies that almost everybody eventually sees: Ben-Hur, The Ten Commandments and Planet of… Continue Reading

Queen Elizabeth Gives Out Sherlock Coin As Part of Maundy Thursday

Queen Elizabeth Gives Out Sherlock Coin As Part of Maundy Thursday

“… your Grace’s purse.” – The Adventure of the Priory School (PRIO) We are sharing the pertinent content of today’s news coverage of Queen Elizabeth II’s participation in the Maundy Thursday ceremony. For full coverage of the story, please read Alice Scarsi’s news article in The Daily Express.  The Royal Family’s Twitter account wrote: “The Queen commemorates… Continue Reading

The Unauthorized [and Illicit] Dr. Watson Battle of Maiwand Bar

The Unauthorized [and Illicit] Dr. Watson Battle of Maiwand Bar

“The campaign brought honours and promotion to many, but for me it had nothing but misfortune and disaster.” – A Study in Scarlet (STUD) Facsimile of Dr. John Watson’s 2nd Afghan War Medal With the [at last and about time] Long Overdue Maiwand Bar* For the believer in versimilitude actual 2nd Afghan War Medals may… Continue Reading

The Bimetallic Question in The Valley of Fear

The Bimetallic Question in The Valley of Fear

“I was helping Uncle Sam to make dollars.” -The Valley of Fear (VALL) 1873 Gold Dollar In “The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans,” Sherlock Holmes offers an example of his brother Mycroft’s indispensable service to Her Majesty’s government. Sherlock says: “We will suppose that a Minister needs information as to a point which involves the… Continue Reading

Sherlocko the Monk: The Curious Episode of the Red Hot Coin (May 2, 1911)

Sherlocko the Monk: The Curious Episode of the Red Hot Coin (May 2, 1911)

“The smell of hot metal …” – The Red-Headed League (REDH) We’ve shared a few installments of Sherlocko The Monk, a comic strip drawn by Gus Mager from 1910 to 1913 in the Hearst newspapers of the era. We are pleased to share another of these comic strips, The Curious Epiosde of the Red Hot Cent, that was published… Continue Reading