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Adventure of the Golden Prince-Nez

The 1995 Sherlock Holmes Philatelic Numismatic Covers

The 1995 Sherlock Holmes Philatelic Numismatic Covers

“Or did it come through the post?”

– The Adventure of the Reigate Squire (REIG)

In October 1993, the United Kingdom issued five different 24 pence stamps featuring Sherlock Holmes themes. In May 1995, a set of five different Philatelic – Numismatic Combination Covers (envelope with postal cancellation and a numismatic item, usually a coin) or PNC for short was developed for the British Isles Postal Covers Collection. These five covers featured one of the stamps above, one of the 1994 Gibraltar cupronickel 1 Crown coin, and the envelope would feature one of the front page illustrations of Collier’s that was illustrated by Frederic Dorr Steele.

Each of these PNCs came with the same generic presentation page that allowed storage in a four-ring binder.

There is no rhyme or reason to some of the combinations for the PNC covers, as you will soon see. We will list the PNC covers in the order of how the stamps appear above.

For this particular PNC Cover, the stamp has a Reigate Squires theme, the coin from Gibraltar features The Three Garridebs, and the design on the cover is the Collier’s magazine cover for The Golden Pince-Nez.

Our next PNC Cover, the stamp is for the Hound of the Baskerville, as is the Gibraltar crown coin. The cover design from Colliers is for Black Peter.

The third PNC Cover features The Six Napoleons as the stamp, the Sherlock Holmes profile 1 Crown coin from Gibraltar and the Collier’s cover for The Norwood Builder.

 

The fourth PNC Cover features a stamp from The Greek Interpreter,  the Gibraltar 1 crown coin with Holmes and Watson outside 221b Baker Street. The Collier’s cover was the issue that featured The Solitary Cyclist.

The fifth and final PNC Cover comes close to having a theme. Both the stamp and the Gibraltar 1 Crown coin scene is from The Final Problem. The Collier’s cover is the issue with The Empty House.

Each different PNC was limited to 2,000 consecutively-numbered envelopes.

If anyone can come up with a pattern as to how they came up with these combinations, please share in the comments below!

PNC Cover for The Golden Pince-Nez

PNC Cover for The Golden Pince-Nez

“… for when I was in Siberia I had a letter from him …” – The Adventure of The Golden Pince-Nez (GOLD) In October 1993, the United Kingdom issued five different 24 pence stamps featuring Sherlock Holmes themes. In May 1995, a set of five different Philatelic – Numismatic Combination Covers (envelope with postal cancellation and a… Continue Reading

Monetary & Numismatic Mentions: The Golden Pince-Nez

Monetary & Numismatic Mentions: The Golden Pince-Nez

In this post, we peruse The Adventure of The Golden Pince-Nez looking for mention of monetary transactions and numismatic items. As always, the page numbers [seen here in brackets] refer to the relevant pages in The Complete Sherlock Holmes published by Doubleday / Penguin Books. The first paragraph [607] of this month’s adventure has the good doctor recounting the… Continue Reading

Medal Honoring The Death of Sadi Carnot, Assassinated President of France

Medal Honoring The Death of Sadi Carnot, Assassinated President of France

“… the tracking and arrest of Huret, the Boulevard assassin – an exploit which won for Holmes an autograph letter of thanks from the French President and the Order of the Legion of Honour.” – The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez (GOLD) Marie François Sadi Carnot, President of the Third Republic of France, was stabbed and… Continue Reading

Famous People Wearing Pince-Nez On Numismatic Items

Famous People Wearing Pince-Nez On Numismatic Items

“He unfolded it, and disclosed a golden pince-nez …” – The Adventure of The Golden Pince-Nez (GOLD) Your editor freely admits he never heard the term “pince-nez” until he read the Sherlock Holmes Canon. The term “spectacles” was the wording I had always heard used to describe this style of eyewear. Probably the first “person” I… Continue Reading

Book Review: Sherlock Holmes and the Crosby Murder

Book Review: Sherlock Holmes and the Crosby Murder

“… the terrible death of Crosby the banker.” – The Adventure of The Golden Pince-Nez (GOLD) In The Golden Pince-Nez, we are teased with the untold tale of “the terrible death of Crosby the banker.” Author Barrie Roberts authored a pastiche on this tale, Sherlock Holmes and the Crosby Murder,” in 2002. Other than the mention… Continue Reading

The Inquisition: The Golden Pince-Nez

The Inquisition: The Golden Pince-Nez

“There can be no question…“ – The Adventure of The Golden Pince-Nez (GOLD) Hopefully, by now, you have read our September story – The Adventure of The Golden Pince-Nez. Inquisitor Denny Dobry informs us there are 11 answers to 10 questions this month. Send your answers to Denny by September 25th for an opportunity to win a fabulous… Continue Reading