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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 States. In Japan, the series was known as 名探偵ホームズ, Meitantei Hōmuzu, literally translated as “Detective Holmes.” Some of the 26 episodes had plots that dealt with coins or money.

One example of this is the 11th episode that broadcasted on January 29, 1985, titled The Sovereign Gold Coins (ねらわれた巨大貯金箱, “The Targeted Giant Coin Bank”). Briefly, the plot has Sherlock Hound investigating the disappearance of 20 sovereign gold coin from a specially constructed vault. After watching the episode, there were a few details that reminded me of The Red-Headed League. Do you agree?

Counting the gold sovereign coins and discovering 20 are missing, from the Sherlock Hound episode, The Sovereign Gold Coins

Adding gum to a sovereign coin, from the Sherlock Hound episode, The Sovereign Gold Coins

Once again, the coin features a canine representation of Queen Victoria. As in other episodes, the reverse of the coin is never seen.

Sherlock Hound retrieving coins from the vault, from the Sherlock Hound episode, The Sovereign Gold Coins

Gold sovereign coins falling from the sky after the vault is destroyed during a robbery attempt, from the Sherlock Hound episode, The Sovereign Gold Coins

For those who would like to see the entire episode:

We’ll share some of the other episodes with numismatic themes from time to time here in future posts.

Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke on a Phone Card

Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke on a Phone Card

“Thanks to the telephone…” – The Adenture of the Retired Colourman (RETI) Many of the visitors to this website probably recall the days when pay phones were a common site when walking down a city sidewalk or inside a hotel lobby. You would drop a few coins into the phone, dial the number and make… Continue Reading

The Kabul to Kandahar Star That Dr. Watson Didn’t Earn

The Kabul to Kandahar Star That Dr. Watson Didn’t Earn

“… succeeded in reaching Candahar in safety…” A Study in Scarlet (STUD)       Photos source: Wikipedia In our previous post on Dr. Watson’s Afghanistan Campaign Medal, we briefly discussed the Kabul to Kandahar rhar Star (also known as the Robert’s Star). This medal was awarded to the troops under General Frederick Roberts’ command, who participated in… Continue Reading

Suffolk County (NY) Police Issue Sherlockian Challenge Coin

Suffolk County (NY) Police Issue Sherlockian Challenge Coin

“You wouldn’t squeal on a fellow?” – The Valley of Fear (VALL) In 2018, the Detective Bureaus of the Suffolk County Police Department issued a challenge coin prominently featuring Sherlock Holmes. Suffolk County is located in the middle of Long Island, New York. OBVERSE: (5 stars) THE ART OF THE SQUEAL (5 stars) / (right facing Sherlock… Continue Reading

Period Americana’s Sale 50 Auctioned Off A Coin From ACD’s Estate

Period Americana’s Sale 50 Auctioned Off A Coin From ACD’s Estate

“Now and again I drive down to Sotheby’s or Christie’s.” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) Period Americana, a Boston, Massachusetts-based auction house recently conducted their Sale 50: Ephemera, Revolutionary War, Civil War, RPPC Timed Sale. Of interest to us is Lot 177: Lot 177: Coin from Sherlock Holmes’ Conan-Doyle collection Est: $350 –… Continue Reading

Sherlock Hound – A Small Client (1984)

Sherlock Hound – A Small Client (1984)

“… the counterfeiter stands in a class by himself …” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) 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… Continue Reading

Paddington Bear & Sherlock Holmes

Paddington Bear & Sherlock Holmes

“…  two men had come from Paddington …” – The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb (ENGR) On October 13, 1958, the children’s book A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond and illustrated by Peggy Fortnum was published. This was the introduction of Paddington Bear, a very polite and anthropomorphised bear. In 2014, a animated film Paddington was released. As part of… Continue Reading

Largo (FL) Police Issue Sherlockian Challenge Coin

Largo (FL) Police Issue Sherlockian Challenge Coin

“… gentlemen of the police force …” – The Adventure of the Lion’s Mane (LION)       In 2017, the Police Department of Largo, Florida issued a series of challenge coins for its various departments and divisions. The challenge coin issued for the Investigative Services Division features the likeness of Sherlock Holmes. OBVERSE: (star) LARGO… Continue Reading