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British Royal Mint Now Selling 2019 Sets With Sherlock Holmes Coin

British Royal Mint Now Selling 2019 Sets With Sherlock Holmes Coin

“… a work which had been specially designed to please him.” – The Sign of the Four (SIGN) On January 1, 2019, the British Royal Mint released the designs of their 2019 dated coins and began selling the annual sets to collectors. As we predicted in our earlier post about the 2019 Sherlock Holmes 50 Pence coin,… Continue Reading

A Sherlockian “Coin” From a 1973 Forbes Magazine Advertisement

A Sherlockian “Coin” From a 1973 Forbes Magazine Advertisement

 “‘Capital!’ cried the inspector. ‘Capital!’” – The Adventure of the Dancing Men (DANC) In 1971, Chicago’s Harris Trust and Savings Bank launched an advertising campaign for their capital planning services. One advertisement featured a color illustration of a coin depicting Sherlock Holmes. The advertisement pictured above appeared in the May 1971 issue of Fortune. Thanks to Morgan… Continue Reading

British Royal Mint to Issue Holmes 50 Pence Coins in January 2019

British Royal Mint to Issue Holmes 50 Pence Coins in January 2019

“It might be his portrait.” – The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN) In January 2019, the British Royal Mint will be issuing a series of 50 pence coins honoring Sherlock Holmes. Late yesterday, an image of the coin’s design was leaked and shared to the World of Coins website. Below is the proclamation authorizing these coins, as… Continue Reading

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

“I had called upon my friend Sherlock Holmes upon the second morning after Christmas, with the intention of wishing him the compliments of the season.” – The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle (BLUE) Happy Holidays! For those of our readers, who get the email blasts alerting them to new posts being published on the site, we will… Continue Reading

Holmework Assignment: The Diogenes Club of Tokyo Medal

Holmework Assignment: The Diogenes Club of Tokyo Medal

“Well, in the Diogenes Club, for example.” – The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter (GREE) On December 17, 2017, the Sherlock Holmes Collection of Daniel Posnansky was sold at auction by the firm of Profiles in History. This post will focus on the medal pictured above. The lot was described as follows: 291. [Sherlockiana.] Vintage silver pendant metal for… Continue Reading

Numismatic Tributes To Frederic Chopin

Numismatic Tributes To Frederic Chopin

“What’s that little thing of Chopin’s she plays so magnificently…” – A Study In Scarlet (STUD) Frederic Chopin, the musical prodigy, was only mentioned once in the 60 stories of the Canon and that was towards the end of A Study In Scarlet. However brief his appearance in the tale, he might be the most honored person… Continue Reading

From Watson’s Tin Box: The Three Garridebs

From Watson’s Tin Box: The Three Garridebs

“Somewhere in the vaults of the bank of Cox and Co., at Charing Cross, there is a travel-worn and battered tin dispatch-box with my name, John H. Watson, MD, Late Indian Army, painted upon the lid.” – The Problem of Thor Bridge (THOR) Watson’s Tin Box, a BSI scion that meets in Columbia, Maryland, shares a few… Continue Reading

The BSI Investors’ Newsletter of February 9, 1950

The BSI Investors’ Newsletter of February 9, 1950

“… never made but one investment in my life …” – The Adventure of the Resident Patient (RESI) Image by ProfilesInHistory, from the Daniel Posnansky Collection catalog Back in January 2016, we discussed the stock certificates of the Baker Street Irregulars, Inc. from the late 1940’s. You can read that post HERE, with illustrations of two BSI stock… Continue Reading

Porcelain Casts of Sherlockian Hobo Nickel Being Auctioned

Porcelain Casts of Sherlockian Hobo Nickel Being Auctioned

“Well, then, spend the next twenty-four hours in an intensive study of Chinese pottery.” – The Adventurous of the Illustrious Client (ILLU) In the upcoming Heritage Auctions session at next month’s Florida United Numismatists convention, there is the following lot being offered for bid: LOT #4897   Group Lot of 8 Modern Hobos, Porcelain Castings…. (Total: 8… Continue Reading

The Strange Case of the Delayed 1939 Radio Broadcast of The Three Garridebs

The Strange Case of the Delayed 1939 Radio Broadcast of The Three Garridebs

“Some delay was inevitable.” – The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax (LADY)  Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce began appearing as Holmes and Watson on The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes on NBC Radio’s Blue Network in October, 1939. The 13th episode of the series was The Adventure of the Three Garridebs, which was broadcast on Christmas Day, Monday,… Continue Reading