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MATCA Honored Holmes With 1984 Token

MATCA Honored Holmes With 1984 Token

“…  a twinkle of amusement …”

– The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR)

The Maryland Amusement Token Collectors Association was founded in 1979 by Robert A. Johnson. Over the course of the next four to five years, they would issue over 100 plastic tokens or wooden nickels commemorating various themes. They would be available to interested collectors who would contact Johnson and included 25 cents and a self-addressed stamped envelope with their inquiry.

MATCA did a few tokens with the theme of Old Tyme Radio. You’ll notice that the Holmes token pictured below indicates that it is the fourth in the series. Other programs honored in this series were W.C. Field and The Shadow. According to my math, that doesn’t equal four…..

OBVERSE:  SHERLOCK HOLMES / (Holmes facing left, with deerstalker cap and pipe) / M.A.T.C.A.

REVERSE: OLD TYME RADIO / (a old radio set) / NO. 4

29mm, Round, White Plastic with black printing

Several years ago, the Maryland Token and Medal Society issued a pamphlet cataloging all of the tokens in the series. You can view the pamphlet HERE.

The 2018 140 Varieties of Tobacco Ash Dinner Medal

The 2018 140 Varieties of Tobacco Ash Dinner Medal

” I have, as you know, devoted some attention to this, and written a little monograph on the ashes of 140 different varieties of pipe, cigar, and cigarette tobacco.” – The Boscombe Valley Mystery (BOSC) The attendees of the 2018 140 Varieties of Tobacco Ash Dinner Violin players. Bicycling enthusiasts. Coin collectors. There are numerous Sherlockian groups out… Continue Reading

NYPD Challenge Coin Features a Sherlockian Mickey Mouse

NYPD Challenge Coin Features a Sherlockian Mickey Mouse

“… a gentle little white mouse …” – The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier (BLAN) We have another Sherlockian themed challenge coin, featuring Mickey Mouse, from the New York Police Department Detectives. We believed these were just manufactured in the past year, as they started to appear in some online auction sites in large numbers, beginning… Continue Reading

British Royal Mint Graphic for the Sherlock Holmes Coin

British Royal Mint Graphic for the Sherlock Holmes Coin

” It is art for Art’s sake, Watson.” – The Adventure of the Red Circle (REDC) Kudos to the British Royal Mint for some of the graphics they released to promote the sale of the 2019 Annual Coin Sets. Here is the one they designed to promote the new 50 pence coin that features Sherlock Holmes. Thanks to… Continue Reading

The 2019 Junior Sherlockian Society Wooden Nickel

The 2019 Junior Sherlockian Society Wooden Nickel

“It is a little souvenir …” – A Case of Identity (IDEN) It wasn’t all that long ago that we wrote a post about the wooden nickels given out by the Junior Sherlockian Society at the 2018 BSI Annual Dinner. This January’s dinner featured another wooden nickel produced by the Junior Sherlockian Society. Sponsored by the Beacon Society, a scion… 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

British Royal Mint Now Selling 2019 Sets With Sherlock Holmes Coin

British Royal Mint Now Selling 2019 Sets With Sherlock Holmes Coin

“… a work which had been specially designed to please him.” – The Sign of the Four (SIGN) On January 1, 2019, the British Royal Mint released the designs of their 2019 dated coins and began selling the annual sets to collectors. As we predicted in our earlier post about the 2019 Sherlock Holmes 50 Pence coin,… Continue Reading