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MTB’s “Attractive Folder” For Arthur Conan Doyle’s Ancient Coins

MTB’s “Attractive Folder” For Arthur Conan Doyle’s Ancient Coins

“… Watson, there is something very attractive about that …” – The Adventure of The Yellow Face (YELL) In our recent post about the 1968 sale of Arthur Conan Doyle’s ancient coin collection, the price list referenced that all the coins would be in an attractive folder that would certify the coin was from the collection.… Continue Reading

MTB’s 1968 Price List of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Ancient Coin Collection

MTB’s 1968 Price List of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Ancient Coin Collection

“That’s the list …” – The Adventure of The Blue Carbuncle (BLUE) In October 2014, we published our first HolmeWork assignment, asking for assistance in locating the price list that Manfra, Tordella and Brookes issued in 1968 when they sold the ancient coin collection of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. We now have copies of a… Continue Reading

HolmeWork Assignment: Sotheby’s Auctioned A Portion of A. Conan Doyle’s Coin Collection

HolmeWork Assignment: Sotheby’s Auctioned A Portion of A. Conan Doyle’s Coin Collection

“Now and again I drive down to Sotheby‘s” – The Adventure of The Three Garridebs (3GAR) We had earlier posted about Manfra, Tordella and Brooks offering ancient coins from Arthur Conan Doyle’s collection in 1968 (and we have some updates on that topic in the very near future!). While scrolling through the massive New York Times database, we… Continue Reading

Geese On Coins And Medals

Geese On Coins And Medals

“… a good fat goose …” – The Adventure of The Blue Carbuncle (BLUE) It’s time for the dreaded “geese on coins” post for this month’s focus on The Blue Carbuncle. As we know, Henry Baker was bringing home a goose when he was attacked and left it behind upon the appearance of Peterson the commissionaire. Peterson brought… Continue Reading

Heritage To Auction A Decadrachm Of Syracuse At NYINC

Heritage To Auction A Decadrachm Of Syracuse At NYINC

“Syracusan – of the best period …” – The Adventure of The Three Garridebs (3GAR) Heritage Auction’s January 3 – 4, 2016 NYINC World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction – New York #3044 – Lot 31005 – HA.com Every member of The Fourth Garrideb receives a Garrideb Decadrachm with their lifetime membership certificate, an homage… Continue Reading

Video: Sherlock Holmes & Numismatics – 1991 ANA Convention Presentation

Video: Sherlock Holmes & Numismatics – 1991 ANA Convention Presentation

“… and had delivered his usual brilliant lecture to a crowded class.” – The Adventure of The Creeping Man (CREE) During the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) 100th Anniversary Convention (aka The World’s Fair of Money, the first ANA convention to use this marketing theme) in August, 1991, the then Vice President of the ANA, Edward C. Rochette,… Continue Reading

Superior Will Sell Holmes Story About Coin Collector (1995)

Superior Will Sell Holmes Story About Coin Collector (1995)

” … every corner of the room was stacked with bundles of manuscript …” – The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual (MUSG) This story was originally published in the June 27, 1995 issue of Numismatic News. “It may have been a comedy, or it may have been a tragedy,” Dr. Watson, venerable biographer of the world’s greatest consulting… Continue Reading

Max Carrados – The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes

Max Carrados – The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes

“He had no rival?” – The Valley of Fear (VALL) Following up on Simon Monk’s post on the numismatic detective Max Carrados, we have a few related links and comments to share: On December 31, 2014, BBC Radio aired the first episode of The Rivals, a series where Inspector Lestrade works with other contemporary detectives and sleuths… Continue Reading

Max Carrados – A Numismatic Detective

Max Carrados – A Numismatic Detective

Sherlock Holmes, Father Brown, Hercule Poirot and Lord Peter Wimsey are all names that readily spring to mind in the field of detective fiction. Less well known, but no less interesting, is Max Carrados, the blind detective created by Ernest Bramah. Not only was the author an expert numismatist, but his creation Carrados was too, and coins figure prominently… Continue Reading