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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

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 – $400

Item Overview

Description: Ancient coin from the collection of Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle. A Diocletian 285-305 AD, Alex. Bronze, very fine. Along with a slip of paper on which is written in Conan-Doyle’s hand the word Carthall, presumably where he bought the coin. Conan-Doyle was an avid numismatist. In a brown folder with certification by Manfra Tordella & Brookes who handled the sale of Conan-Doyle’s collection in 1968.
Condition Report: Excellent
Provenance: A Tennessee estate
   
The lot recieved one bid and sold for $209.10, which included a 23% buyers premium.
As you can tell from the lot description, they provided only minimal details and we only see one side of the coin. We asked a leading authority on ancient coins to take a look at the auction listing and see if they could provide any additional information about the coin. The response was:
This coin is from Alexandria in Roman Egypt, but I doubt it is Diocletian, based on the style of the reverse. It’s a 3rd century potin (base metal) tetradrachm, and as a group, they are extremely common, probably $50-75 retail max. If it is Diocletian, however, then it is worth only $50 max, as a coin. The pedigree would obviously increase the value, but you will have to decide how much!
So that raises the question – how much of a premium would you pay for a coin from Arthur Conan Doyle’s coin collection?
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

MTB’s “Attractive Folder” For Arthur Conan Doyle’s Ancient Coins

MTB’s “Attractive Folder” For Arthur Conan Doyle’s Ancient Coins

“… Watson, there is something very attractive about that …” – The Adventure of The Yellow Face (YELL) In our recent post about the 1968 sale of Arthur Conan Doyle’s ancient coin collection, the price list referenced that all the coins would be in an attractive folder that would certify the coin was from the collection.… Continue Reading

MTB’s 1968 Price List of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Ancient Coin Collection

MTB’s 1968 Price List of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Ancient Coin Collection

“That’s the list …” – The Adventure of The Blue Carbuncle (BLUE) In October 2014, we published our first HolmeWork assignment, asking for assistance in locating the price list that Manfra, Tordella and Brookes issued in 1968 when they sold the ancient coin collection of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. We now have copies of a… Continue Reading