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Faces of Holmes: Kirk Douglas

Faces of Holmes: Kirk Douglas

“… an incomparable actor”

– A Study in Scarlet (STUD)

 

Actor Kirk Douglas receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Jimmy Carter – January 16, 1981 Ira Schwarz/AP Photo

Actor Kirk Douglas passed away yesterday at the age of 103. A winner of an honorary Oscar trophy and the father of two time Oscar winning actor Michael Douglas, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1981 by President Jimmy Carter.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom badge is in the form of a golden star with white enamel, with a red enamel pentagon behind it; the central disc bears thirteen gold stars on a blue enamel background within a golden ring. Golden American bald eagles with spread wings stand between the points of the star. It is worn around the neck on a blue ribbon with white edge stripes.

The medal may also be worn in miniature form on a ribbon on the left chest, with a silver American bald eagle with spread wings on the ribbon. In addition, the medal is accompanied by a service ribbon for wear on military service uniform, a miniature medal pendant for wear on mess dress or civilian formal wear, and a lapel badge for wear on civilian clothes (all shown in the accompanying photograph of the full presentation set).

Other Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients with Sherlockian ties include Charlton Heston, Kareem Adbul Jabbar and Steven Spielberg . Why are we including Douglas among these names? In 1975, Douglas donned the deerstalker cap for this Maxim Coffee commercial in Japan.

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Elementary’s “The Price of Admission” Episode has a Coin Collecting Scene

Elementary’s “The Price of Admission” Episode has a Coin Collecting Scene

“Here was a case of ancient coins.” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) We’ve discussed the CBS television series Elementary a few times before on this site. This year’s episode of The Price of Admission (Season 7, Episode 3) has the cast investigating a murder that occurred at a foreign trade zone storage locker facility.… Continue Reading

Elementary Episode #149 has “Three Garridebs” Easter Eggs

Elementary Episode #149 has “Three Garridebs” Easter Eggs

“A very remarkable account,’ said Sherlock Holmes.” -The Sign of the Four (SIGN) The CBS television series Elementary is fast approaching its conclusion with 5 episodes remaining to be aired. The 8th episode of the current 7th season, titled Miss Understanding aired on Thursday, July 11, 2019. No numismatic connections in this episode, but we do have two “Easter… Continue Reading

Clue Club – The Paper Shaper Caper (August 14, 1976)

Clue Club – The Paper Shaper Caper (August 14, 1976)

“A printing press – a counterfeiter’s outfit” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) Whimper, Woofer, Pepper, Larry, D.D and Dottie make up the Clue Club On August 14, 1976, the studios of Hanna-Barbera issued a new Saturday morning cartoon show, Clue Club, that ran for a complete season of 16 episodes. With details that are somewhat… Continue Reading

Michael Palin Now a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG)

Michael Palin Now a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG)

“If you have a fancy to see your name in the next honours list” – The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans (BRUC)   Monty Python’s Michael Palin hosted the April 8, 1978 episode of Saturday Night Live and portrayed Holmes in a sketch Michael Palin’s name is familiar to fans of Monty Python, but many are not… Continue Reading

The Ancient Greek Coins Stolen By Le Chevalier in Elementary’s The Leviathan Episode

The Ancient Greek Coins Stolen By Le Chevalier in Elementary’s The Leviathan Episode

“Somewhere in the vaults …” – The Problem of Thor Bridge (THOR) In the tenth episode of Season one of Elementary, airing December 13, 2012, the opening scene is of a bank vault robbery in progress. The supposedly uncrackable bank vault called “The Leviathan” is breached for the second time, Sherlock is called in to figure out what… Continue Reading

Faces of Holmes: Buddy Ebsen

Faces of Holmes: Buddy Ebsen

“… an incomparable actor.” – A Study in Scarlet (STUD) When I hear the name of Buddy Ebsen, I recall his nine seasons as Jed Clampett on the CBS television series The Beverly Hillbilliies. Others recall his role as Georgie Russel, Davy Crockett”s sidekick on the Disney mini-series of Davy Crockett. Ebsen would portray detective Barnaby Jones… Continue Reading

Vasily Livanov Featured on 2019 Fantasy Russian 100 Ruble Banknotes

Vasily Livanov Featured on 2019 Fantasy Russian 100 Ruble Banknotes

“… a man might as well live in Russia …” – The Valley of Fear (VALL) A series of fantasy Russian 100 Ruble banknotes have recently been produced featuring Russian cinematic themes and actors. One of these banknotes feature Vasily Livanov, who portrayed Sherlock Holmes in the 11 episodes of the 1979 – 1986 Soviet… Continue Reading

The 2007 Cook Islands Sherlock Holmes $2 Coin

The 2007 Cook Islands Sherlock Holmes $2 Coin

“…in these islands.“ – The Adventure of the Stockbroker’s Clerk (STOC) In 2007, the Cook Islands contracted with the Perth Mint of Australia to produce a set of four 1 ounce .999 silver $2 coins.  All four coins featured color vignettes from the 1979 – 1986 Soviet television productions of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and… Continue Reading

The 2007 Cook Islands Sign of the Four Coin

The 2007 Cook Islands Sign of the Four Coin

” He handed them a shilling each…” – The Sign of the Four (SIGN)       In 2007, the Cook Islands contracted with the Perth Mint of Australia to produce a set of four 1 ounce .999 silver $2 coins.  All four coins featured color vignettes from the 1979 – 1986 Soviet television productions of The Adventures of… Continue Reading