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Some 1970’s Auction Appearances of ACD Collection Coins

Some 1970’s Auction Appearances of ACD Collection Coins

“… he had put up for auction …”

– The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans (BRUC)

In late 1968 and early 1969, the New York firm of Manfra, Tordella & Brookes sold the ancient coin collection of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle via private transations with individual collectors and Sherlockians. Shortly afterwards, some of these coins were then sold at public auctions when the purchasing collector consigned his collection.

Thanks to the Newman Numismatic Portal, from time to time, we are able to locate some of these coins.

Harmer, Rooke Numismatists, Ltd. featured two lots from the Conan Doyle collection in their June 19, 1973 auction.

Lot 147 didn’t get near the estimated value of $125 and was hammered for $72.50. Lot 206 was closer to the estimate and sold for $70.

Superior Galleries, in their December 1972 auction sale, had one lot that featured two coins from ACD’s collection. Lot 579 sold for $45, nearly reaching the high end of the estimate

Unfortunately, while photgraphs are plentiful in today’s auction listings, it is quite a different story in the pre 1990s sales. It was expensive to take photographs and include in the catalogs. Generally, only higher value items woud be photographed. Unfortunately, in reviewing the MTB price list from ACD’s collection, he did not have many coins of high collector value.

We will note that a reorganized version of Superior Galleries would later auction the manuscript for The Adventures of the Three Garridebs in 1995.

We will continue to scan for previous sale appearances of coins from the Arthur Conan Doyle collection and post periodic updates on this website.

Conan-Doyle Ancient Coins Set For Sale (8/21/1968)

Conan-Doyle Ancient Coins Set For Sale (8/21/1968)

“My publishers give me a most discouraging account of its sale.” – The Adventure of the Resident Patient (RESI) The ancient coin collection of the late Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle, celebrated author and creator of the Sherlock Holmes mystery thriller series, has been acquired by the firm of Manfra, Tordella & Brookes, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York,… Continue Reading

Paris Mint Displays Leygue Collection (1/31/1979)

Paris Mint Displays Leygue Collection (1/31/1979)

“… during this exposition …” – The Valley of Fear (VALL) Sculpture and medals of French artist Louis Legue went on display at the Paris Mint in November, 1978, to remain through February, 1979, according to Pierre DeHaye, Director of the Mint. The exposition is under the patronage of the Minister of Economics in France. Leygue was born… Continue Reading

It’s A Pretty Little Thing – Peter E. Blau’s Souvenir for the 2001 BSI Dinner

It’s A Pretty Little Thing – Peter E. Blau’s Souvenir for the 2001 BSI Dinner

“It’s a pretty little thing …” – The Adventure of The Mazarin Stone (MAZA) Outer Cover of Peter E. Blau’s 2001 Seasonal Souvenir Inside Contents of Peter E. Blau’s 2001 Seasonal Souvenir A long-standing tradition at the annual January dinners of the Baker Street Irregulars is that many members and attendees issue a souvenir of some… Continue Reading

The 1978 Arthur Conan Doyle Medal by the Monnaie de Paris

The 1978 Arthur Conan Doyle Medal by the Monnaie de Paris

“… enthusiastic admiration of the French …” – The Adventure of The Naval Treaty (NAVA) In the Spring 1979 issue of The Sherlock Holmes Journal (Volume 4, Number 1, Whole Number 52), Editor Nicholas Utechin has this nugget in his Editorial Notes feature: New Objects Pride of place-just-goes to the newly available Sir Arthur Conan Doyle medal produced… 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

The Ottoman Grand Sultan Decorated Both of the Doyles in 1907

The Ottoman Grand Sultan Decorated Both of the Doyles in 1907

“I had also a commission from the Sultan of Turkey…” – The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier (BLAN) Clipping from the December 1, 1907 edition of The Baltimore Sunday Sun On September 18, 1907, Arthur Conan Doyle married for the second time, wedding Jean Elizabeth Leckie. From September 21 through November 14, Conan Doyle and his… Continue Reading

Emphemera of Shagin’s Medals of Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle

Emphemera of Shagin’s Medals of Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle

“Here is an advertisement which will interest you …” – The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb (ENGR) Edward C. Rochette, the 5th Garrideb, and his wife Maryann started a small business selling Holmesian gifts in 1990. The business was called Sherlock, Stock & Barrel Company. Pictured above was their first advertising flyer that was sent to folks… Continue Reading

Shagin Recognized for Medallic Achievements (1990)

Shagin Recognized for Medallic Achievements (1990)

“If I were a sculptor …” – The Problem of Thor Bridge (THOR) The American Numismatic Association bestowed its Numismatic Art Award for Excellence in Medallic Sculpture this year (1990) on Alex Shagin of Los Angeles, California. He was presented with an engraved, 14kt-gold medal donated by the Franklin Mint of Franklin Center, Pennsylvania. Born… Continue Reading