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The Bimetallic Question of Montreal’s Lapel Pin

The Bimetallic Question of Montreal’s Lapel Pin

“… a Minister needs information as to a point which involves the Navy, India, Canada, and the bi-metallic question …”

– The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans (BRUC)

It was in The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans  that we learned of Mycroft Holmes knowledge of the bi-metallic question. Bimetallism is the practice of a country using both gold and silver to guarantee the value of their currency. An excellent review of that topic is in Ross E. Davies article from The Sherlock Holmes Journal on The Bimetallic Question in the Valley of Fear that we reprinted HERE.

In 1979, a group of Montreal-based Sherlockians formed a local scion, The Bimetallic Question – The Sherlock Holmes Society of Montreal. Their club logo, pictured above, shows a magnifying glass looking at two coins with the portraits of Holmes and Watson. We are presuming one is silver and the other is gold.

In the July issue of Scuttlebutt from the Spermaceti Press, the 13th Garrideb, Peter E. Blau, shares news that the group has issued a lapel pin of their logo, as they celebrate their 40th anniversary. Details are below.

This could be a nice addition to some collections. We have discussed a few Sherlockian group pins with a numismatic tie-in in the posts on this site before.

A Connection Between Coins

A Connection Between Coins

We are sharing this post from the British Royal Mint’s website. To see the original post, click HERE. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote the majority of the Sherlock Holmes™ stories during the Victorian era. The coinage of Queen Victoria, amongst other coins, included the Sovereign, the Half-Sovereign, the crown and the shilling. Struck by The… 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 Now Selling 2019 Sets With Sherlock Holmes Coin

British Royal Mint Now Selling 2019 Sets With Sherlock Holmes Coin

“… a work which had been specially designed to please him.” – The Sign of the Four (SIGN) On January 1, 2019, the British Royal Mint released the designs of their 2019 dated coins and began selling the annual sets to collectors. As we predicted in our earlier post about the 2019 Sherlock Holmes 50 Pence coin,… 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

Data! Data! Data! – His Last Bow

Data! Data! Data! – His Last Bow

“‘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

From Watson’s Tin Box: His Last Bow

From Watson’s Tin Box: His Last Bow

“Somewhere in the vaults of the bank of Cox and Co., at Charing Cross, there is a travel-worn and battered tin dispatch-box with my name, John H. Watson, MD, Late Indian Army, painted upon the lid.” – The Problem of Thor Bridge (THOR) Watson’s Tin Box, a BSI scion that meets in Columbia, Maryland, shares a few… Continue Reading

The 17 Steps: His Last Bow

The 17 Steps: His Last Bow

Seventeen thoughts for further ponderance of the case at hand – His Last Bow (LAST) THE RECORD HOLDER FOR TERRIBLE Watson begins this tale, published in 1917 with: “It was nine o’clock at night upon the second of August–the most terrible August in the history of the world.” And indeed it was — at that time.… Continue Reading

A Challenge Coin for the Pinkertons

A Challenge Coin for the Pinkertons

“But you’ve heard of Pinkerton‘s?” – The Valley of Fear (VALL) Pinkerton’s Detective Agency is mentioned in two of the stories of the Canon – The Valley of Fear and The Adventure of the Red Circle. This 38mm challenge coin  has a very nice rendering of the Pinkerton’s logo. For those that like to collect items that… Continue Reading

Data! Data! Data! – The Red Circle

Data! Data! Data! – The Red Circle

“‘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