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Lapel Pins from Elementary’s Sherlock

Lapel Pins from Elementary’s Sherlock

“… spoke of the meticulous care in dress for which he was famous.”

– The Adventure of the Illustrious Client (ILLU)

Lucy Liu and Jonny Lee Miller – Elementary Season 2 promo picture

The internet is a vast and wondrous place. Having a little bit of free time lately, your editior has found online collections of old time radio broadcasts, an archive of the old Bloom County cartoons, videos of Beeethoven’s Ode to Joy being played on a kazoo, and this post about the lapel pins worn by Jonny Lee Mille’rs Sherlock character on Elementary.

We’re going to talk about that last item there for a minute. At first, it seemed like a odd topic to write about (says the guy who writes about coins and Sherlock Holmes). I then recalled a past episode of Elementary that I watched and remembered being interested by the lapel pin on Sherlock’s top coat and promptly forgetting about it then. Reading that blog post, I learned that, at least twice, Sherlock wore pins with a numismatic interest.

On the left, is what we have dubbed as the Garrideb Decadrachm, the coin we claim that Nathan Garrideb was polishing in The Adventure of the Three Garridebs. On the right, is the lapel pin that Jonny Lee Miller is wearing in the promo photograph above. See the similiarity?

This time we have a 1887 Jubilee Head gold sovereign on the left, and another lapel pin worn by Sherlock. An almost identical appearance.

Now, it’s time for some self promotion! Do you happen to own one of The Fourth Garrideb’s lapel pins? They are currently available in our SHOP, and bargain at only $10 postpaid.

It really is amazing what your can find surfing the internet!

 

Some Mistakes Were Made

Some Mistakes Were Made

“Possibly there is some mistake.” – The Advenure of the Creeping Man” During the process of striking several thousand coins for circulation, it is quite likely that few error coins will slip through. One of the most common errors to be found are incomplete planchet errors, more commonly known as “clips.” As the above illustration… Continue Reading

I Struck This 50 Pence Coin

I Struck This 50 Pence Coin

“… like any other tourist …” – The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN) From June 28, 2019, until September 23, 2019, visitors to the Royal Mint Experience in Wales had the opportunity to strike their very own 2019 50 pence coin that featured Sherlock Holmes. Visitors were able to strike one coin per day and… Continue Reading

Wear a 2019 Sherlock Holmes 50 Pence Coin as a Ring

Wear a 2019 Sherlock Holmes 50 Pence Coin as a Ring

“… who came for the ring which I advertised?” – A Study in Scarlet (STUD) For those who want to decorate themselves and share their love of Sherlock Holmes and numismatics, it is now possible to wear a ring crafted from a 2019 United Kingdom Sherlock Holmes 50 pence coin. Examples can currently be found avaiable on… Continue Reading

The Coinage of Sherlock Holmes (2013)

The Coinage of Sherlock Holmes (2013)

Sherlock Holmes was the fictional consulting detective of Victorian England invented by the author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Immensely popular in the days of his publication, Sherlock Holmes remains an icon of literature, detective procedure, and adventure, known to almost everyone today through the original stories and numerous modern adaptations in literature and on the… Continue Reading

Coinage Portraits of a “Certain Gracious Lady”

Coinage Portraits of a “Certain Gracious Lady”

“… it was a present from a certain gracious lady …” – The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans (BRUC) There are numerous references to coins sprinkled throughout the sixty stories of the Canon. I find it helpful to visualize the design of the coins and the other items mentioned in the stories as I am reading.… Continue Reading

Hey Buddy – Want to Buy a Watch?

Hey Buddy – Want to Buy a Watch?

“Holmes had taken out his watch …” – A Study in Scarlet (STUD) Since the 2019 Sherlock Holmes 50 pence coins was released we have reported examples being altered with decals, placed in special holders, made into keychains and bells. Now, you can buy a watch with the coin as the design. Currently being offered in… 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