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More Mysterious Money Matters

More Mysterious Money Matters

“Three bob and a tanner for tickets.” – The Sign of The Four (SIGN) In response to our previous discourse concerning the intricacies of Victorian currency (“So, how much is a Quid, a Crown, and a Bob?; The Sherlockian Times: Fall 1993) we received a welcomed epistle from that most erudite Northern Musgraver Mr. John Hall… Continue Reading

So, How much is a Quid, a Bob, and a Crown, Really?

So, How much is a Quid, a Bob, and a Crown, Really?

“Give up a hundred thousand quid?” – The Adventure of The Mazarin Stone (MAZA) We, as modern American readers, have always had some problem in translating the British monetary system of the Victorian era into something more tangible, such as purchasing power. One who is not completely familiar with the monetary system of the time… Continue Reading

May HolmeWork Assignment: Replica Shillings Sold To Sherlockians

May HolmeWork Assignment: Replica Shillings Sold To Sherlockians

“… Here are your wages.’ He handed each of them a shilling.” – A Study In Scarlet (STUD) The above advertisement comes from the June 1987 issue of The Baker Street Journal (page 100, to be exact). A New York based company, I/R Miniatures, was selling replicas of the three different designs of the shillings issued during… Continue Reading

Philadelphia Police Issue Challenge Coin Featuring Holmes and Toby

Philadelphia Police Issue Challenge Coin Featuring Holmes and Toby

“I would rather have Toby’s help than that of the whole detective force of London.” – The Sign of The Four (SIGN) In 2015, the Crime Scene Unit of the Philadelphia Police Department issued a very attractive challenge coin that features a Sherlock Holmes caricature walking a dog. OBVERSE: (small Liberty Bell) PHILADELPHIA POLICE (small Liberty… Continue Reading

Get Sherlock Holmes Themed Personalized Checks

Get Sherlock Holmes Themed Personalized Checks

“Have you your cheque-book?” – The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet (BERY) The hardcore Sherlockian numismatist now has the option of getting checks printed with Sherlockian themes. These could be the perfect way to send your payment for a club meeting dinner or paying for purchases in the Vendor Room during the BSI Weekend in… Continue Reading

William Gillette Honored With Gold Medal – 1931

William Gillette Honored With Gold Medal – 1931

“You would have made an actor, and a rare one…” – Sign of the Four (SIGN) In the last several weeks, there has been much rejoicing in the Sherlockian circles about the news of discovery of the 1916 film Sherlock Holmes starring William Gillette that had been presumed lost. William Gillette was an actor and playwright, best… Continue Reading

Deutsche Sherlock Holmes Gesellschaft Issues Medal for Sherlock Holmes’ 160th Birthday

Deutsche Sherlock Holmes Gesellschaft Issues Medal for Sherlock Holmes’ 160th Birthday

“My mind rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work.” – The Sign of the Four (SIGN) Deutsche Sherlock Holmes Gesellschaft, a Sherlock Holmes society based in Germany, held the two day SherloCON 2014 in Saarbrücken this past August. Much like they did at their 2012 event, they issued a limited edition medal to… Continue Reading

Coins of the Canon – The Money of Late Victorian England (2008)

Coins of the Canon – The Money of Late Victorian England (2008)

Queen Victoria ruled Great Britain from 1837 until her death in 1901. During the 64 years of her reign, Britain turned to the remote parts of the world and established a colonial empire of such extent and prosperity that the world has never seen its like. Over the years of her reign, the bust of… Continue Reading