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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)

Inspecting coins looking for counterfeits – Sherlock Hound episode “A Small Client”

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 third episode that broadcasted on November 24, 1984 titles A Small Client (小さなマーサの大事件!?, or “Little Martha’s Big Mystery!?” ). Briefly, the plot revolves around a counterfeit money problem in London. Sherlock Hound suspects Professor Moriarty as the culprit, but is unable to find any leads until a little girl comes asking for help in finding her father. After watching the episode, I found some details that reminded me of The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb. Do you agree?

A close-up view of a counterfeit coin in the Sherlock Hound episode, A Small Client

The coins in the episode appear to be dated 1894 with a canine representation of Queen Victoria. The denomination is never mentioned and the reverse of the coin is never seen during the episode.

Newspaper Boy selling papers about fake coins in the Sherlock Hound episode, A Small Client. Perhaps they failed to spell “fake” correctly?

Coining press striking fake coins in the Sherlock Hounds episode, A Small Client

Fake coins falling into a bin after being struck, in the Sherlock Hounds episode, A Small Client

For those that 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.

Mary Morstan Shoots a 50 Pence Coin in “His Last Vow”

Mary Morstan Shoots a 50 Pence Coin in “His Last Vow”

“… one of the best shots in the world …” – The Adventure of the Empty House (EMPT) When reading the sixty stories of the Canon, there are numerous references to coins and/or money through out the stories. However, when viewing the 13 episodes of the BBC television series, Sherlock, the references to money is somewhat limited. In… 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

Chad Issues 2018 5,000 Franc Coin “Honoring” the Hound

Chad Issues 2018 5,000 Franc Coin “Honoring” the Hound

“Mr Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound!” – The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN) OBVERSE:  YEAR OF THE DOG 2018 / (a snarling, drooling hound, with paws scratching into the soil. Pagodas, cloud, the moon and the Chinese character for the word “dog” in the background) REVERSE:  REPUBLIQUE DU TCHAD / Mouse Ox Tiger… Continue Reading

“Ghana” issues 2017 Hound of the Baskervilles 2 Cedis Coin

“Ghana” issues 2017 Hound of the Baskervilles 2 Cedis Coin

“… after his African experiences …” – The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier (BLAN)      Sometime in 2017, the west African nation of Ghana contracted the German company of MCI Internationale Munzhandelsgesellschaft mbH (aka MCI Mint) to strike a 2 Cedis coin for sale to collectors. To date, it has been poorly marketed. OBVERSE: … Continue Reading

2001 Capitol Visitor Center Coins (with a Sherlockian angle)

2001 Capitol Visitor Center Coins (with a Sherlockian angle)

“… in spite of the efforts of the United States government …”  – The Adventure of the Five Orange Pips (FIVE) The United States Mint struck a three coin series (half dollar, silver dollar and gold $5) in 2001 to help raise funds for the construction of the United States Capitol Visitor Center, which had broken ground… Continue Reading

Three ACD Collection Coins Auctioned in January 2014

Three ACD Collection Coins Auctioned in January 2014

“Here was a case of ancient coins.” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) One of our group’s earliest goals was to attempt to track down coins from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s personal coin collection. We were able to locate a price list that Manfra, Tordella & Brookes produced in 1968 of Doyle’s ancient… Continue Reading