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TFG Issues Souvenir Card at Norwegian Explorers Conference

TFG Issues Souvenir Card at Norwegian Explorers Conference

“… at this conference.”

– The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone (MAZA)

Our friends at the Norwegian Explorers of Minnesota held their triennial conference this past week with the theme of “Dark Places, Wicked Companions and Strange Experiences.” Friday, August 9 also happened to be the fifth anniversary of our group’s founding.

To celebrate the event, our group issued the above pictured souvenir card that was distributed to conference attendees. The card measures 8.5 inches by 11 inches and was produced on card stock. This is one of our larger issues, with 150 cards being produced.

Our organization was well represented with 15 Garridebs in attendance during the conference. On three different tries, we attempted to take a group photo with no success.

Our sincere thanks to the Norwegian Explorers for their hospitality during the weekend and congratulations for a successful conference.

Today is our Fifth Anniversary!

Today is our Fifth Anniversary!

“… five years – when I should have had a medal the size of a soup plate.” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) Five years ago today, 7 gentlemen got together in Chicago during the World’s Fair of Money to discuss forming a Sherlockian coin club. Less than an hour later, everyone walked out… Continue Reading

Some 1970’s Auction Appearances of ACD Collection Coins

Some 1970’s Auction Appearances of ACD Collection Coins

“… he had put up for auction …” – The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans (BRUC) In late 1968 and early 1969, the New York firm of Manfra, Tordella & Brookes sold the ancient coin collection of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle via private transations with individual collectors and Sherlockians. Shortly afterwards, some of these coins… Continue Reading

Numismatic Items Featuring Detective Pikachu

Numismatic Items Featuring Detective Pikachu

“… a very gregarious creature.” – The Adventure of the Silver Blaze (SILV) August 6, 2019 is the day that Pokemon: Detective Pikachu becomes available for purchase or rental to the general public. This is as good a time to review a couple of numismatic related items to the furry little detective.The movie was a derivative from… Continue Reading

The Bimetallic Question of Montreal’s Lapel Pin

The Bimetallic Question of Montreal’s Lapel Pin

“… a Minister needs information as to a point which involves the Navy, India, Canada, and the bi-metallic question …” – The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans (BRUC) It was in The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans  that we learned of Mycroft Holmes knowledge of the bi-metallic question. Bimetallism is the practice of a country using… Continue Reading

The 2019 Fantasy Kingdom of Great Britain 10 Pound Banknote

The 2019 Fantasy Kingdom of Great Britain 10 Pound Banknote

“No living man could tell a Prescott from a Bank of England …” – The Adventure of The Three Garridebs (3GAR) The fifth different “edition” of the fantasy Kingdom of Great Britain 10 pound banknotes has recently been issued. You can read about the 2015 version HERE and the 2016-2018 editions HERE. In the upper right corner… Continue Reading

More Post-Mint Modifications of the 2019 Sherlock Holmes 50 Pence Coins

More Post-Mint Modifications of the 2019 Sherlock Holmes 50 Pence Coins

“… there were several little changes carried out …” – The Adventure of the Speckled Band (SPEC) As this post is being written, just under 2,000 examples of the 2019 Sherlock Holmes 50 pence coins are being offered for bidding or purchase on a major online auction service. It is amusing to see many of the… Continue Reading

The Defense Forensic Science Center Challenge Coin

The Defense Forensic Science Center Challenge Coin

“… meeting him occasionally in the laboratory.” – A Study in Scarlet (STUD) We have discussed challenge coins, featuring Mickey Mouse in a deerstalker outfit, from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory before in these posts. Four times, as a matter of fact. We now have a fifth challenge coin from the labs, courtesy of the Defense… Continue Reading