MONOGRAPH – A Fistful of Shillings


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The Fourth Garrideb is pleased to announce the publication of its first monograph. Intended to be an annual publication featuring posts on this website from the previous year, the series will be called Glittering Gold Guineas from The Fourth Garrideb. Each volume in the series will be subtitled and the 2016 edition is called A Fistful of Shillings.

Thanks to the 29th Garrideb, Dr. Bob Katz, for suggesting title.  The artwork on the cover was done by an Baltimore area caricaturist, Paul A. Doughty.

The series is named Glittering Gold Guineas in homage to the article that the noted Sherlockian, Jay Finley Christ, had published in the October 1951 edition of The Numismatist, the official publication of the American Numismatic Association. This article was the first serious attempt to combine the Canon of Sherlock Holmes with numismatics. We are proud to include it as the first chapter in our monograph.

Other chapters in the monograph, include:

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the Mystery of the Lost Bag of Golden Coins by Frank Sellens

Arthur Conan Doyle and the HMS Foudroyant

Sir George Newnes’ “Entente Cordiale” Medal

The Scandalous Bohemians of New Jersey Medal

A Nicaraguan Stamp and the Sherlock Holmes Medal

The Sherlock Holmes Centennial Art Medal Collection

Conan Doyle and the Mystery of the Vanishing Football Cup

Where Would Dr. Lysander Starr Have Done His Banking?

Numismatic Remembrances of the Boer War


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