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British Royal Mint Issues 2020 Agatha Christie 2 Pounds Coin

British Royal Mint Issues 2020 Agatha Christie 2 Pounds Coin

“… my hated rival …”

– The Adventure of the Retired Colourman (RETI)

The British Royal Mint has released the designs of the United Kingdom’s 2020 coinage, and they feature a 2 pound coin honoring mystery writer Agatha Christie and 100 years of mystery.

Currently, these coins are only available as part of the annual coinage sets. They will be released for sale individaully later in the year. No word at this time if this design will be released into circulation.

Options available are:

base metal uncirculated

base metal proof

siler uncirculated

silver proof

silver piedfort proof

gold proof

Sets are curently available at the British Royal Mint’s website and prices range from 30 pounds to 6,150 pounds depending upon which option. Considering how well the Sherlock Holmes coins were recieved, this tribute to Agatha Christie is an obvious attempt to capitalize on that momentum.

Data! Data! Data! – The Boscombe Valley Mystery

Data! Data! Data! – The Boscombe Valley Mystery

“‘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 taught twice a year in the Community Education Life Enrichment Program for a local community college. It… Continue Reading

TFG Issues Souvenir Cards at 2019 ANA Shows

TFG Issues Souvenir Cards at 2019 ANA Shows

“Our meal was a merry one.” – The Sign of the Four (SIGN) The Numismatic Friends of Sherlock Holmes Dinner was held on Thursday, August 15 was held at the Basilico Restaurante in Northridge, Illinois during the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money. Garridebs attending the dinner included: Douglas Mudd, Charles Davis, Bob Fritsch,… Continue Reading

No Bar For Maiwand (1965)

No Bar For Maiwand (1965)

“… I should have had a medal …” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) In dusty corners of old curio shops, there is often a little tray of tarnished trinkets. Amongst the buttons and pen-knives, I have sometimes found an old campaign medal with faded ribbon – and finally, after a long search and many… Continue Reading

Financial Anaylsis of “The Man With the Twisted Lip”

Financial Anaylsis of “The Man With the Twisted Lip”

“Every pocket stuffed with pennies and half-pennies….” – The Man With the Twisted Lip (TWIS)   “Every pocket stuffed with pennies and half-pennies….” “For seven hours I plied my trade, and when I returned home in the evening I found to my surprise that I had received no less than 26s. 4d. “… had a writ served… Continue Reading

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,… 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 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