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The Bimetallic Question in The Valley of Fear

The Bimetallic Question in The Valley of Fear

“I was helping Uncle Sam to make dollars.” -The Valley of Fear (VALL) 1873 Gold Dollar In “The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans,” Sherlock Holmes offers an example of his brother Mycroft’s indispensable service to Her Majesty’s government. Sherlock says: “We will suppose that a Minister needs information as to a point which involves the… Continue Reading

TFG Issued Souvenir Card for 2019 BSI Weekend

TFG Issued Souvenir Card for 2019 BSI Weekend

“Surely you will stay and have some dinner?” – The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN) For the second consecutive year, The Fourth Garrideb issued a souvenir card for the Baker Street Irregulars Weekend this past January. Attendees of the annual BSI Dinner, the Dinner for “The Woman,” and the Gaslight Gala received one of our 8.5 by… Continue Reading

Numismatic Rembrances of the 1951 Festival of Britain

Numismatic Rembrances of the 1951 Festival of Britain

“… like lamps at a festival… “ – A Study In Scarlet (STUD) During the summer of 1951, the Festival of Britain was held throughout the United Kingdom, with a major exhibition on the South Bank of the River Thames. Originally conceived as a centennial celebration of the famous 1851 Great Exhibition, the large amount of… Continue Reading

Faces of Holmes: Buddy Ebsen

Faces of Holmes: Buddy Ebsen

“… an incomparable actor.” – A Study in Scarlet (STUD) When I hear the name of Buddy Ebsen, I recall his nine seasons as Jed Clampett on the CBS television series The Beverly Hillbilliies. Others recall his role as Georgie Russel, Davy Crockett”s sidekick on the Disney mini-series of Davy Crockett. Ebsen would portray detective Barnaby Jones… Continue Reading

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

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

In for a Penny, In for a Pound – British Money as Holmes Knew It

In for a Penny, In for a Pound – British Money as Holmes Knew It

“I’d like two shillin’ better” – The Sign of the Four (SIGN) Some Sherlockians are puzzled by references to money in the Sherlock Holmes adventures – “a fifty-guinea watch” in The Sign of Four, a pipe that cost “seven-and sixpence” in “The Yellow Face.” The British monetary system was undoubtedly complicated. A pound was divided into 20 shillings,… Continue Reading

British Royal Mint to Issue Holmes 50 Pence Coins in January 2019

British Royal Mint to Issue Holmes 50 Pence Coins in January 2019

“It might be his portrait.” – The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN) In January 2019, the British Royal Mint will be issuing a series of 50 pence coins honoring Sherlock Holmes. Late yesterday, an image of the coin’s design was leaked and shared to the World of Coins website. Below is the proclamation authorizing these coins, as… Continue Reading

1987 “The Legend Lives On” Overstruck Cents

1987 “The Legend Lives On” Overstruck Cents

“It mentions the legend in one of these references.” – The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire (SUSS) In 1987, Larry Hall, a machine shop operator in Morgan, Utah, issued a token in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the first appearance of Sherlock Holmes. What makes this token different from other tokens featuring Sherlock Holmes is the metal… Continue Reading