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“Hey Pal, Can You Spare A ‘Bob’? – A Very Simplified Guide to Sherlock Holmes and Money of the Victorian Age

“Hey Pal, Can You Spare A ‘Bob’? – A Very Simplified Guide to Sherlock Holmes and Money of the Victorian Age

If anyone has experienced the thrill of a summer in Houston, Texas, you know indoor reading is one of few options left for survival. During the summer of my 14th year, as other young men were discovering their first love — fishing, or a summer job, I discovered the stories of the Canon. As I… Continue Reading

British Coins Central To Holmesian Stories (1993)

British Coins Central To Holmesian Stories (1993)

Sherlock Holmes as sketched by Sidney Paget, considered the master Holmes portraitist. We all know who Sherlock Holmes was, the greatest detective of Victorian England in all of literature. I’ll be willing to bet that most readers of this column have also read some, if not all. of the stories that are called by fans… Continue Reading

The Banking Connection: 1894 – 1994

The Banking Connection: 1894 – 1994

“The Capital and Counties Bank, Oxford Street branch, are my agents.” – The Adventure of The Priory School (PRIO) London in 1894, when Sherlock Holmes returned from his incognito foreign journeying, was enjoying the Golden Age of British Imperial investment and expansion, bringing an enormous accretion of wealth to the Capital City of the Empire.… 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

Somogyi Creates Sherlock Holmes Centennial Medal (1987)

Somogyi Creates Sherlock Holmes Centennial Medal (1987)

“… But you’ll always find scratches round a keyhole.” – The Adventure of the Golden Pince Nez (GOLD) Reprinted from the December 1987 issue of The Numismatist In honor of the centennial of the introduction of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Marika Somogyi has added her name to the list of Sherlockian interpreters with an… Continue Reading

The British Afghanistan Campaign Medal

The British Afghanistan Campaign Medal

“The campaign brought honours and promotion to many …” – A Study In Scarlet (STUD) In A Study In Scarlet, we learn that Dr. Watson was wounded during the Battle of Maiwand. Since Watson was a participant in the Second Anglo – Afghan War, he would have received the Afghanistan Campaign medal. The Afghanistan Medal is… Continue Reading

Nicolaus Copernicus Commemorated on Coins, Medals and Banknotes

Nicolaus Copernicus Commemorated on Coins, Medals and Banknotes

“… he was ignorant of the Copernican Theory and of the composition of the solar system.” – A Study In Scarlet (STUD) Watson was amazed that Holmes did not know or care that the earth revolved around the sun.  Holmes went on to comment that  ‘you say that we go round the sun. If we went… 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

Numismatic Art Featuring Felix Mendelssohn

Numismatic Art Featuring Felix Mendelssohn

“… he has played me some of Mendelssohn’s Lieder, and other favourites.” – A Study In Scarlet (STUD) We learn, in the second chapter of A Study In Scarlet, that Holmes was proficient in playing the violin and Watson references Mendelssohn. Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, born and generally known as Felix Mendelssohn (February 3, 1809 –… Continue Reading