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The Ancient Greek Coins Stolen By Le Chevalier in Elementary’s The Leviathan Episode

The Ancient Greek Coins Stolen By Le Chevalier in Elementary’s The Leviathan Episode

“Somewhere in the vaults …”

– The Problem of Thor Bridge (THOR)

In the tenth episode of Season one of Elementary, airing December 13, 2012, the opening scene is of a bank vault robbery in progress. The supposedly uncrackable bank vault called “The Leviathan” is breached for the second time, Sherlock is called in to figure out what went wrong. When the vault was breached for the first time, the heist was committed by a once-in-a-lifetime assembly of world class criminals. Because they went to jail for the crime, the vault company cannot imagine how anyone else got in. When Sherlock learns that not even he can break into the Leviathan, he realizes that the second group of criminals must somehow be connected to the first.

Screen Capture ~ Elementary S01E10 December 13, 2012 ~ The Leviathan

While investigating the case, Sherlock’s attention turns to a master thief know as Le Chevalier. Doing research, Sherlock comes across a photo of a benefactor attending a benefit gala. The photo shows the gentlemen wearing cufflinks of ancient greek coins, which were stolen in a robbery attributed to Le Chevalier.

The coin in the screen capture appears to a portrait of Alexander the Great. The coin to the left is a Silver Tetradrachm of  King Lysimachus, one of Alexander’s generals who divided his vast empire after his death in 323 BC. These coins were struck between 305-285 BCE and carried Alexander’s portrait as an attempt to prove the King’s legitmacy as a successor to Alexander. The silver coin is about 3 centimeters in size, which would a good size for cufflinks.

Returning to the episode, Sherlock has pictures of tray of ancient coins that had been stolen allegedly by Le Chevalier.

Screen Capture ~ Elementary S01E10 December 13, 2012 ~ The Leviathan

There are 14 coins in the picture above. With the assistance of Kerry Wetterstrom of CNG Coins, we believe we have identified 7 of those 14 coins.

1. Calabria, Tarentum. AR Nomos (Stater) reverse
2. Not certain
3. Not certain


4. Macedon, Kings of. Philip II. AR Tetradrachm obverse
5. Not certain


6. Attica, Athens. AR Tetradrachm obverse


7. Macedon, Kings of. Alexander III ‘the Great’. AR Tetradrachm obverse
8. Macedon, Kings of. Alexander III ‘the Great’. AR Tetradrachm reverse
9. Not certain
10. Not certain
11. Same as #6


12. Sicily, Gela. AR Tetradrachm reverse
13. Not certain
14. Not certain

Later this month, the final season episodes of Elementary will begin airing. It will be interesting to see if there are any other numismatic angles in the plots in these remaining episodes.

Conan-Doyle Ancient Coins Set For Sale (8/21/1968)

Conan-Doyle Ancient Coins Set For Sale (8/21/1968)

“My publishers give me a most discouraging account of its sale.” – The Adventure of the Resident Patient (RESI) The ancient coin collection of the late Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle, celebrated author and creator of the Sherlock Holmes mystery thriller series, has been acquired by the firm of Manfra, Tordella & Brookes, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York,… Continue Reading

Period Americana’s Sale 50 Auctioned Off A Coin From ACD’s Estate

Period Americana’s Sale 50 Auctioned Off A Coin From ACD’s Estate

“Now and again I drive down to Sotheby’s or Christie’s.” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) Period Americana, a Boston, Massachusetts-based auction house recently conducted their Sale 50: Ephemera, Revolutionary War, Civil War, RPPC Timed Sale. Of interest to us is Lot 177: Lot 177: Coin from Sherlock Holmes’ Conan-Doyle collection Est: $350 –… Continue Reading

Three ACD Collection Coins Auctioned in January 2014

Three ACD Collection Coins Auctioned in January 2014

“Here was a case of ancient coins.” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) One of our group’s earliest goals was to attempt to track down coins from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s personal coin collection. We were able to locate a price list that Manfra, Tordella & Brookes produced in 1968 of Doyle’s ancient… Continue Reading

Welcome IHOSE Episode #128 Listeners

Welcome IHOSE Episode #128 Listeners

“… difficulties caused by his own aversion to publicity.” – The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot (DEVI) We would like to take this opportunity to welcome those of you may have heard about us on Episode 128 of the I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere podcast. Your friendly editor was interviewed by Scott Monty and Burt Wolder… Continue Reading

TFG Issues Souvenir Card at 2017 ANA National Money Show Dinner

TFG Issues Souvenir Card at 2017 ANA National Money Show Dinner

“Surely you will stay and have some dinner?” – The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN) Souvenir Card issued for the 2017 Orlando Dinner Six Sherlockians and numismatists gathered at Maggiano’s Pointe Orlando on Friday, March 10th for the Numismatic Friends of Sherlock Holmes Dinner. The 2017 National Money Show in Orlando by the American Numismatic… Continue Reading

Classical Numismatic Group Sells 2 Coins From ACD Collection

Classical Numismatic Group Sells 2 Coins From ACD Collection

“Here was a case of ancient coins.” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) Classical Numismatic Group conducted an online auction of ancient coins that closed on September 28, 2016. One lot would be of interest to the Sherlockian numismatist: Sale 383, Lot: 458. Estimate $100. Sold for $240. This amount does not include… Continue Reading

Heritage To Auction A Syracusan Decadrachm At CICF

Heritage To Auction A Syracusan Decadrachm At CICF

“Syracusan – of the best period …” – The Adventure of The Three Garridebs (3GAR) Heritage Auction’s April 14 – 19, 2016 CICF World Coins Signature Auction – Chicago #3046 – Lot TBD – HA.com Every member of The Fourth Garrideb receives a Garrideb Decadrachm with their lifetime membership certificate, an homage to the Baker Street Irregulars… Continue Reading

A Tray From Arthur Conan Doyle’s Coin Cabinet

A Tray From Arthur Conan Doyle’s Coin Cabinet

“Here was a case of ancient coins.” – The Adventure of The Three Garridebs (3GAR) In the Fall 2014 newsletter of the BSI Trust, there was an announcement that a 10”x 11” coin tray which housed coins belonging to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had been donated to the BSI Trust. In talking to Andy Solberg,… Continue Reading