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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 went wrong. When the vault was breached for the first time, the heist was committed by a once-in-a-lifetime assembly of world class criminals. Because they went to jail for the crime, the vault company cannot imagine how anyone else got in. When Sherlock learns that not even he can break into the Leviathan, he realizes that the second group of criminals must somehow be connected to the first.

Screen Capture ~ Elementary S01E10 December 13, 2012 ~ The Leviathan

While investigating the case, Sherlock’s attention turns to a master thief know as Le Chevalier. Doing research, Sherlock comes across a photo of a benefactor attending a benefit gala. The photo shows the gentlemen wearing cufflinks of ancient greek coins, which were stolen in a robbery attributed to Le Chevalier.

The coin in the screen capture appears to a portrait of Alexander the Great. The coin to the left is a Silver Tetradrachm of  King Lysimachus, one of Alexander’s generals who divided his vast empire after his death in 323 BC. These coins were struck between 305-285 BCE and carried Alexander’s portrait as an attempt to prove the King’s legitmacy as a successor to Alexander. The silver coin is about 3 centimeters in size, which would a good size for cufflinks.

Returning to the episode, Sherlock has pictures of tray of ancient coins that had been stolen allegedly by Le Chevalier.

Screen Capture ~ Elementary S01E10 December 13, 2012 ~ The Leviathan

There are 14 coins in the picture above. With the assistance of Kerry Wetterstrom of CNG Coins, we believe we have identified 7 of those 14 coins.

1. Calabria, Tarentum. AR Nomos (Stater) reverse
2. Not certain
3. Not certain


4. Macedon, Kings of. Philip II. AR Tetradrachm obverse
5. Not certain


6. Attica, Athens. AR Tetradrachm obverse


7. Macedon, Kings of. Alexander III ‘the Great’. AR Tetradrachm obverse
8. Macedon, Kings of. Alexander III ‘the Great’. AR Tetradrachm reverse
9. Not certain
10. Not certain
11. Same as #6


12. Sicily, Gela. AR Tetradrachm reverse
13. Not certain
14. Not certain

Later this month, the final season episodes of Elementary will begin airing. It will be interesting to see if there are any other numismatic angles in the plots in these remaining episodes.

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

Many Sherlockian Actors in A Christmas Carol (1984)

Many Sherlockian Actors in A Christmas Carol (1984)

“I had called upon my friend Sherlock Holmes upon the second morning after Christmas, with the intention of wishing him the compliments of the season.” – The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle (BLUE) With the holiday season upon us, we will take this opportunity to share this December 17, 1984 telecast of A Christmas Carol featuring George C.… Continue Reading

The Decorated Dr. Watson of the 2013 Sherlok Kholms Russian Television Series

The Decorated Dr. Watson of the 2013 Sherlok Kholms Russian Television Series

“The campaign brought honours and promotion to many …” – A Study in Scarlet (STUD) Dr. Watson hanging up his uniform in the first episode of Sherlok Kholmes In November 2013, Russian television aired eight episodes of Шерлок Холмс, translated as Sherlok Kholms. The series starred Igor Petrenk as Holmes as Andrei Panin as Watson. This would be… Continue Reading

Faces of Holmes: Peter Cushing

Faces of Holmes: Peter Cushing

“… this man here – is an actor.” – The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place (SHOS) John Mills as Watson, Peter Cushing as Holmes in The Masks of Death (1984). This would be Cushing’s last role as Holmes. My first introduction to Peter Cushing was as Grand Moff Tarkin in a 1976 movie Star Wars. I would later become familiar… Continue Reading

The Bank of Cumberland Elevener Fan Art

The Bank of Cumberland Elevener Fan Art

“But at length some sense came back to their crazed minds …” – The Hound of The Baskervilles (HOUN) Back in November 2015, we posted Can Anyone Lend Me A Benner? that featured fan art that was replacing Jane Austen on the (then) soon-to-be-issued ten pound note with Benedict Cumberbatch. I say we put Cumberbatch on the £10… Continue Reading

Sherlock Hound – The Sovereign Gold Coins (1985)

Sherlock Hound – The Sovereign Gold Coins (1985)

“Holmes held up a sovereign.” – The Adventure of the Priory School (PRIO) Between November 6, 1984 and May 21, 1985, 26 episodes of the animated series Sherlock Hound aired in Japan. Based on the Sherlock Holmes stories, the characters were portrayed by anthropormorphic dogs. Sherlock Hound was the title given to the series when syndicated in the United… Continue Reading