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Buster Keaton Finds A Silver Certificate in Sherlock Jr.

Buster Keaton Finds A Silver Certificate in Sherlock Jr.

“The best way of successfully acting a part is to be it”

– The Adventure of the Dying Detective (DYIN)

Series 1899 $1 Silver Certificate (Freidberg #226) – Wikipedia

In the opening minutes of the film Sherlock, Jr., the actor Buster Keaton is sweeping trash in a movie theater. At approximately the 4:00 minute mark, a gentleman walks out and is counting money in his wallet.

Keaton resumes sweeping and finds a banknote. He will place it in his pocket, along with two others he already has.

Keaton is about to leave, when a young lady appears and starts sorting through the trash. She claims to have lost a dollar.

Buster reaches into his pocket and pulls out a dollar bill. He asks the young lady to identify the bill, which she does by looking over his shoulder. Keaton gives the bill to the woman.

The above screen capture shows the bill fairly clearly and we are able to identify it a Series 1899 $1 Silver Certificate due to the vignette of the black eagle on the front of the bill. There are 11 different signature combinations on this note for the Register of the Treasury and the Treasurer. This note was continually printed from 1899 until 1923, when the vignette of George Washington replaced the eagle design.  Also keep in mind that prior to 1929, U.S. currency was much larger than the bills we have in our wallets and pockets today.

Going back to the movie, we now have an older woman rooting through the trash looking for a dollar.

Keaton hands over one of the dollars that was originally in his pocket.

 Keaton is now down to having only $1 remaining, after having started with two before he found the bill.

A large man starts rummaging through the trash. Keaton attempts to give his last dollar to this man.

The man returns the dollar to Keaton and resumes going through the trash, finding his wallet. As he walks away, he is counting the bills.

Other than the movie’s title, and Keaton’s use of a magnifying glass in some scenes, this film is not that Sherlockian. However, make up your own mind as you watch the full movie below!

MATCA Honored Holmes With 1984 Token

MATCA Honored Holmes With 1984 Token

“…  a twinkle of amusement …” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) The Maryland Amusement Token Collectors Association was founded in 1979 by Robert A. Johnson. Over the course of the next four to five years, they would issue over 100 plastic tokens or wooden nickels commemorating various themes. They would be available to interested collectors… Continue Reading

Paget’s Death Recalls Role in Designing Ill-Fated Coinage of King Edward VIII (12/18/1974)

Paget’s Death Recalls Role in Designing Ill-Fated Coinage of King Edward VIII (12/18/1974)

  The medal at the right was designed by T. H. Paget to mark the installation of the Prince of Wales as Master of the Honorable Company of Master Mariners. The prince set for Paget to prepare the coins of his reign as Edward VIII, but the right-facing portrait demanded by tradition displeased the new… Continue Reading

British Coin Designer Paget Dead at 81 (6/19/1974)

British Coin Designer Paget Dead at 81 (6/19/1974)

Coin Designer To The World Famed British coin designer Thomas Humphrey Paget, whose art adorned the coins of 19 countries, died recently in England. He was 81. Paget, whose signature, “H P,” was carried by millions of coins around the world, received his training at London’s Central School of Arts and Crafts. He later studied… Continue Reading

Thomas Humphrey Paget Tells Own Story Of Designing Coins For Kings (9/28/1966)

Thomas Humphrey Paget Tells Own Story Of Designing Coins For Kings (9/28/1966)

Paget Used Initials H.P. As Signature On His Works Little did Thomas H. Paget, Burwash Common, Sussex, England, realize that six years after he sketched King Faisal II of Iraq in the lad’s tiny school bedroom at Harrow, the King would be the victim of an assasin’s gun. Paget, designer of coins and medals of… Continue Reading

The 2018 140 Varieties of Tobacco Ash Dinner Medal

The 2018 140 Varieties of Tobacco Ash Dinner Medal

” I have, as you know, devoted some attention to this, and written a little monograph on the ashes of 140 different varieties of pipe, cigar, and cigarette tobacco.” – The Boscombe Valley Mystery (BOSC) The attendees of the 2018 140 Varieties of Tobacco Ash Dinner Violin players. Bicycling enthusiasts. Coin collectors. There are numerous Sherlockian groups out… Continue Reading

NYPD Challenge Coin Features a Sherlockian Mickey Mouse

NYPD Challenge Coin Features a Sherlockian Mickey Mouse

“… a gentle little white mouse …” – The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier (BLAN) We have another Sherlockian themed challenge coin, featuring Mickey Mouse, from the New York Police Department Detectives. We believed these were just manufactured in the past year, as they started to appear in some online auction sites in large numbers, beginning… Continue Reading

Bob Fritsch Issued His Second Sherlockian Wooden Nickel

Bob Fritsch Issued His Second Sherlockian Wooden Nickel

“… I see a Chinese coin hanging from your watch-chain …” – The Red-Headed League (REDH) Robert F. Fritsch, the 7th Garrideb aka The Coiner (by the zinc and copper filings in the seam of his cuff), issued a Sherlockian wooden nickel during last summer’s World’s Fair of Money in Philadelphia. This is Bob’s second Sherlockian wooden… Continue Reading

British Royal Mint Graphic for the Sherlock Holmes Coin

British Royal Mint Graphic for the Sherlock Holmes Coin

” It is art for Art’s sake, Watson.” – The Adventure of the Red Circle (REDC) Kudos to the British Royal Mint for some of the graphics they released to promote the sale of the 2019 Annual Coin Sets. Here is the one they designed to promote the new 50 pence coin that features Sherlock Holmes. Thanks to… Continue Reading