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Sherlock Hound – The Sovereign Gold Coins (1985)

Sherlock Hound – The Sovereign Gold Coins (1985)

“Holmes held up a sovereign.”

– The Adventure of the Priory School (PRIO)

Between November 6, 1984 and May 21, 1985, 26 episodes of the animated series Sherlock Hound aired in Japan. Based on the Sherlock Holmes stories, the characters were portrayed by anthropormorphic dogs.

Sherlock Hound was the title given to the series when syndicated in the United States. In Japan, the series was known as 名探偵ホームズ, Meitantei Hōmuzu, literally translated as “Detective Holmes.” Some of the 26 episodes had plots that dealt with coins or money.

One example of this is the 11th episode that broadcasted on January 29, 1985, titled The Sovereign Gold Coins (ねらわれた巨大貯金箱, “The Targeted Giant Coin Bank”). Briefly, the plot has Sherlock Hound investigating the disappearance of 20 sovereign gold coin from a specially constructed vault. After watching the episode, there were a few details that reminded me of The Red-Headed League. Do you agree?

Counting the gold sovereign coins and discovering 20 are missing, from the Sherlock Hound episode, The Sovereign Gold Coins

Adding gum to a sovereign coin, from the Sherlock Hound episode, The Sovereign Gold Coins

Once again, the coin features a canine representation of Queen Victoria. As in other episodes, the reverse of the coin is never seen.

Sherlock Hound retrieving coins from the vault, from the Sherlock Hound episode, The Sovereign Gold Coins

Gold sovereign coins falling from the sky after the vault is destroyed during a robbery attempt, from the Sherlock Hound episode, The Sovereign Gold Coins

For those who would like to see the entire episode:

We’ll share some of the other episodes with numismatic themes from time to time here in future posts.

Sherlock Hound – A Small Client (1984)

Sherlock Hound – A Small Client (1984)

“… the counterfeiter stands in a class by himself …” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) Between November 6, 1984 and May 21, 1985, 26 episodes of the animated series Sherlock Hound aired in Japan. Based on the Sherlock Holmes stories, the characters were portrayed by anthropormorphic dogs. Sherlock Hound was the title… Continue Reading

The 17 Steps: The Red Circle

The 17 Steps: The Red Circle

Seventeen thoughts for further ponderance of the case at hand – The Red Circle (REDC)   WHAT’S SHERLOCK GOT AGAINST MRS. WARREN? We begin this case with Holmes saying, “Well, Mrs. Warren, I cannot see that you have any particular cause for uneasiness, nor do I understand why I, whose time is of some value, should interfere… Continue Reading

The Case of the Shoeless Engineer – January 3, 1955

The Case of the Shoeless Engineer – January 3, 1955

“… I have lost my thumb, and I have lost a fifty-guinea fee, and what have I gained!” – The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb (ENGR) In 1954, Ronald Howard and H. Marion Crawford would star as Holmes and Watson in 39 episodes of a syndicated Sherlock Holmes television series. The 30 minute episodes were produced by… Continue Reading

Data! Data! Data! – The Engineer’s Thumb

Data! Data! Data! – The Engineer’s Thumb

“‘Data! Data! Data!‘ he cried impatiently. ‘I can’t make bricks without clay.’” – The Adventures of The Copper Beeches (COPP) This column is composed of material (Data!) developed for a short course called Appreciating Sherlock Holmes that I teach twice a year in the Community Education Life Enrichment Program for a local community college.  It is… Continue Reading

The 17 Steps: The Engineer’s Thumb

The 17 Steps: The Engineer’s Thumb

Seventeen thoughts for further ponderance of the case at hand – The Engineer’s Thumb (ENGR) WATSON VERSUS JOURNALISM Watson writes of ENGR: “The story has, I believe, been told more than once in the newspapers, but, like all such narratives, its effect is much less striking when set forth en bloc in a single half-column… Continue Reading