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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)

Inspecting coins looking for counterfeits – Sherlock Hound episode “A Small Client”

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 third episode that broadcasted on November 24, 1984 titles A Small Client (小さなマーサの大事件!?, or “Little Martha’s Big Mystery!?” ). Briefly, the plot revolves around a counterfeit money problem in London. Sherlock Hound suspects Professor Moriarty as the culprit, but is unable to find any leads until a little girl comes asking for help in finding her father. After watching the episode, I found some details that reminded me of The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb. Do you agree?

A close-up view of a counterfeit coin in the Sherlock Hound episode, A Small Client

The coins in the episode appear to be dated 1894 with a canine representation of Queen Victoria. The denomination is never mentioned and the reverse of the coin is never seen during the episode.

Newspaper Boy selling papers about fake coins in the Sherlock Hound episode, A Small Client. Perhaps they failed to spell “fake” correctly?

Coining press striking fake coins in the Sherlock Hounds episode, A Small Client

Fake coins falling into a bin after being struck, in the Sherlock Hounds episode, A Small Client

For those that 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.

Sherlockian Themed Pathtag Geocoins

Sherlockian Themed Pathtag Geocoins

“… something precious, something which he could not bear to part with, had been left behind.” -The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge (WIST) Pathtags are a single-sided custom metal tag about the size and weight of a U.S. Quarter Dollar coin. These are generally considered to a signature item to be traded with others, often in geocaching or… Continue Reading

Sherlocko the Monk: The Episode of the Elusive Penny (March 9, 1911)

Sherlocko the Monk: The Episode of the Elusive Penny (March 9, 1911)

“… he would devote his last penny …” – The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN) We’ve shared a few installments of Sherlocko The Monk, a comic strip drawn by Gus Mager from 1910 to 1913 in the Hearst newspapers of the era. We are pleased to share another of these comic strips, The Episode of the Elusive Penny, that was published… Continue Reading

The U.S. Deficit Did It (1984)

The U.S. Deficit Did It (1984)

“… a premature examination of accounts exposed my deficit.” – The Adventure of the Gloria Scott (GLOR) This editorial cartoon by Sam Rawls first appeared in the February 27, 1985 edition of The Atlanta Constitution. It’s interesting to see how Holmes and Watson have been worked into editorial cartoons over the years – I have two in… Continue Reading

Sherlock Holmes & Pickpockets (1974)

Sherlock Holmes & Pickpockets (1974)

“… played me for a sucker from the first.” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) In 1974, the New York Police Department published a pamphlet of Office Building Security that featured cartoons offering safety tips that were drawn by NYPD Patrolman Leo Poulsen. You can learn more about Poulsen in this post on Gothamist and see… Continue Reading

The 1935 Sherlock Bones Hobo Nickel

The 1935 Sherlock Bones Hobo Nickel

“Mr. Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound!’” – The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN)       Back in 1992, the Original Hobo Nickel Society was formed to promote the collecting of engraved buffalo nickels that had been produced prior to 1980. Most of these “original” nickels were engraved with nails, knifes, files and perhaps some punches.… Continue Reading

Sherlocko the Monk: The Case of the $10,000 Cheque (October 10, 1911)

Sherlocko the Monk: The Case of the $10,000 Cheque (October 10, 1911)

“Here is the forged cheque …” – The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone (MAZA) We’ve shared a few installments of Sherlocko The Monk, a comic strip drawn by Gus Mager from 1910 to 1913 in the Hearst newspapers of the era. We are pleased to share another of these comic strips, The Case of the $10,000 Cheque, that was… Continue Reading

Sherlocko the Monk: The Mystery of the Busted Slot Machine (August 25, 1911)

Sherlocko the Monk: The Mystery of the Busted Slot Machine (August 25, 1911)

“… the automatic self-adjusting slots …” – The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plan (BRUC) We’ve shared a few installments of the Sherlocko The Monk, a comic strip drawn by Gus Mager from 1910 to 1913 in the Hearst newspapers of the era. We are pleased to share another of these comic strips, The Mystery of the Busted Slot Machine, that… Continue Reading