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Sherlockian Poker Chips, Part II

Sherlockian Poker Chips, Part II

“… playing poker up to midnight …”

– The Valley of Fear (VALL)

Back in 1960, when the Token and Medal Society was formed, the group’s founders coined (pardon the pun) the word EXONUMIA to describe what they collected – simply NOT MONEY. For our purposes here, we catalog any items that are a substitute for cash or monetary transactions. There is a speciality club, the Casino Chip and Gaming Token Collectors Club, for the collectors of these items well be discussing in this post. To date, we are not aware of any casino chips that have Sherlockian themes, but there are a few poker chips that are available. Back in February 2017, we reported on several of these chips. We now can report on two additional designs.

Our first chip features a profile of Holmes, facing left, wearing a deerstalker cap and smoking a pipe. The entire design is composed of quotes from the Sherlock Holmes stories. The second chip is an homage to both Dr. Who and Sherlock Holmes, featuring a TARDIS device with a door that is from 221B Baker Street.

These can be purchased individually or in packs of ten from Cow Cow. Five colors are available for the borders on the edge — black, red, blue, green and orange.

Sherlockian Themed Jerry Lewis Laugh Certificates From Malaysia

Sherlockian Themed Jerry Lewis Laugh Certificates From Malaysia

“Sherlock Holmes laughed.” – The Adventure of Silver Blaze (SILV) The 1962 comedy film of It’s Only Money starring Jerry Lewis is turning out to be a treasure trove for Sherlockian numismatists. While Lewis never dons the deerstalker in the film, he is often seen wearing one in the promotional items for the film such as the poster… Continue Reading

HolmeWork Assignment: Coins of the Canon Cards

HolmeWork Assignment: Coins of the Canon Cards

“There is my card” – The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist (SOLI) Once again, we come to our readers with our irregular feature, the HolmeWork Assignment, where we ask for input and suggestions to find out more information on an item. This time around we have the Sherlock Holmes Coins in the Canon cards, which is pictured above.… Continue Reading

Royal Mint Sells Out of Individual Gold & Silver Proof Sherlock Holmes Coins

Royal Mint Sells Out of Individual Gold & Silver Proof Sherlock Holmes Coins

“… but we sold out …” – The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot (DEVI) In checking the website of the British Royal Mint this morning, they are no longer selling individual specimens of the sterling silver or gold proof 2019 Sherlock Holmes 50 pence coins. However, you can still obtain these coins in the annual sets… Continue Reading

Waterstones Issued Sherlock Holmes Themed Gift Cards

Waterstones Issued Sherlock Holmes Themed Gift Cards

“… like all special gifts …” – The Valley of Fear (VALL) At one time or another, most of us have received prepaid gift cards as presents, either for birthday or holidays or other special occasions. Many retail firms offer up a variety of designs to potential customers, and the British book store chain of Waterstones is… Continue Reading

3D Printed “Coin” Features Sherlock Holmes & Irene Adler

3D Printed “Coin” Features Sherlock Holmes & Irene Adler

“… it was a perfect facsimile.” – The Adventure of the Empty House (EMPT) With the advent of modern 3D printers becoming affordable to individuals, we are beginning to see a few items being produced that might be of interest to our members and readers. Danna Mancini, a noted Sherlockian based in the New England… Continue Reading

Javier Barahona Alvarez’s Holmes Portrait Engraving on a 1921 British Penny

Javier Barahona Alvarez’s Holmes Portrait Engraving on a 1921 British Penny

“It might be his portrait.” – The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN) Back in 1992, the Original Hobo Nickel Society was formed to promote the collecting of engraved buffalo nickels that had been produced prior to 1980. Most of these “original” nickels were engraved with nails, knifes, files and perhaps some punches. In the years since the OHNS… Continue Reading

Gold Plated Versions of the 2019 Sherlock Holmes 50 Pence Coin

Gold Plated Versions of the 2019 Sherlock Holmes 50 Pence Coin

“… some few pence…” – The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle (BLUE) As often happens with modern day commemorative coins, specimens of the 2019 Sherlock Holmes 50 pence coins from the United Kingdom are now appearing on the secondary market with modifications made outside the Royal Mint. There are now examples of this coin that are… Continue Reading

The 1993 Sherlock Holmes Stamps First Day Cover

The 1993 Sherlock Holmes Stamps First Day Cover

“Holmes stopped at a post office…” – The Adventure of the Creeping Man (CREE) In 1993, the Royal Mail issued a set of 5 24-pence stamps featuring scenes from different Sherlock Holmes stories. Fleetwood, the philatelic collectibles firm, issued a Philatelic Numismatic Cover (PNC) featuring the stamps along with a Victorian farthing and penny. The envelopes… Continue Reading