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Windsor Mint Strikes 2019 Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective Medal

Windsor Mint Strikes 2019 Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective Medal

“It might be his portrait.”

– The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN)

In the fall of 2019 the Windsor Mint, a private United Kingdom organization, released a gold plated medal honoring Sherlock Holmes.

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The obverse of the medal closely resembles the cover drawn by Frederic Dorr Steele for September 24,1904 issue of Collier’s that contained The Adventure of the Three Students.

OBVERSE: (filigree)/ (Sherlock Holmes, facing left with pipe & revolver, with books and lamp in foreground) / SHERLOCK HOLMES / CONSULTING DETECTIVE / (filigree)

REVERSE: THE ADVENTURES OF / (3/4 profile of Holmes in deerstalker, with pipe, facing right, superimposed on a right facing silhouette of Holmes, with a fingerprint as the background) / SHERLOCK HOLMES

50mm, 24 karat gold plated clad, Round

The medal retails for £10 at the Windsor Mint’s website, but if you scan their site, there are ways to save £5. Now, the bad news. They do not ship to North America.

From Watson’s Tin Box – The Abbey Grange

From Watson’s Tin Box – The Abbey Grange

“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

Data! Data! Data! – The Abbey Grange

Data! Data! Data! – The Abbey Grange

“‘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 taught twice a year for 10 years in the Community Education Life Enrichment Program for a local community… Continue Reading

The 17 Steps: The Abbey Grange

The 17 Steps: The Abbey Grange

Seventeen thoughts for further ponderance of the case at hand – The Abbey Grange (ABBE) THE LIGHTING SITUATION IN 1897 Watson writes, of Holmes’s first appearance: “The candle in his hand shone upon his eager, stooping face …” Why a candle? Gaslights and oil lamps were available weren’t they? If Holmes was waking Watson so he’d get… Continue Reading

Data! Data! Data! – The Solitary Cyclist

Data! Data! Data! – The Solitary Cyclist

“‘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 taught twice a year in the Community Education Life Enrichment Program for a local community college.  It is… Continue Reading

The 17 Steps: The Solitary Cyclist

The 17 Steps: The Solitary Cyclist

Seventeen thoughts for further ponderance of the case at hand – The Solitary Cyclist (SOLI) PREVIEWS OF COMING ATTRACTIONS — OR NOT “For this reason I will now lay before the reader the facts connected with Miss Violet Smith, the solitary cyclist of Charlington, and the curious sequel of our investigation, which culminated in unexpected tragedy.” Once… Continue Reading

The 1993 Sherlock Holmes Stamps First Day Cover

The 1993 Sherlock Holmes Stamps First Day Cover

“Holmes stopped at a post office…” – The Adventure of the Creeping Man (CREE) In 1993, the Royal Mail issued a set of 5 24-pence stamps featuring scenes from different Sherlock Holmes stories. Fleetwood, the philatelic collectibles firm, issued a Philatelic Numismatic Cover (PNC) featuring the stamps along with a Victorian farthing and penny. The envelopes… Continue Reading

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