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The 2007 Cook Islands Sherlock Holmes $2 Coin

The 2007 Cook Islands Sherlock Holmes $2 Coin

“…in these islands.

– The Adventure of the Stockbroker’s Clerk (STOC)

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 Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. 

In this series, Vasily Livanov starred as Sherlock Holmes and Vitaly Solomin as Dr. Watson. Eleven episodes were filmed over the course of five seasons,

OBVERSE: ELIZABETH II • COOK ISLANDS • TWO DOLLARS / (bust of Queen Elizabeth II, facing right) / • 2007 •

REVERSE: THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES / 1 OZ. / (color vignette of Sherlock Holmes wearing a deerstalker cap and with a pipe) / .999 / SILVER

Round, 40.7mm, .999 Silver, mintage of 8,000

 

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

Paget’s Death Recalls Role in Designing Ill-Fated Coinage of King Edward VIII (12/18/1974)

Paget’s Death Recalls Role in Designing Ill-Fated Coinage of King Edward VIII (12/18/1974)

  The medal at the right was designed by T. H. Paget to mark the installation of the Prince of Wales as Master of the Honorable Company of Master Mariners. The prince set for Paget to prepare the coins of his reign as Edward VIII, but the right-facing portrait demanded by tradition displeased the new… Continue Reading

British Coin Designer Paget Dead at 81 (6/19/1974)

British Coin Designer Paget Dead at 81 (6/19/1974)

Coin Designer To The World Famed British coin designer Thomas Humphrey Paget, whose art adorned the coins of 19 countries, died recently in England. He was 81. Paget, whose signature, “H P,” was carried by millions of coins around the world, received his training at London’s Central School of Arts and Crafts. He later studied… Continue Reading

Thomas Humphrey Paget Tells Own Story Of Designing Coins For Kings (9/28/1966)

Thomas Humphrey Paget Tells Own Story Of Designing Coins For Kings (9/28/1966)

Paget Used Initials H.P. As Signature On His Works Little did Thomas H. Paget, Burwash Common, Sussex, England, realize that six years after he sketched King Faisal II of Iraq in the lad’s tiny school bedroom at Harrow, the King would be the victim of an assasin’s gun. Paget, designer of coins and medals of… 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

In for a Penny, In for a Pound – British Money as Holmes Knew It

In for a Penny, In for a Pound – British Money as Holmes Knew It

“I’d like two shillin’ better” – The Sign of the Four (SIGN) Some Sherlockians are puzzled by references to money in the Sherlock Holmes adventures – “a fifty-guinea watch” in The Sign of Four, a pipe that cost “seven-and sixpence” in “The Yellow Face.” The British monetary system was undoubtedly complicated. A pound was divided into 20 shillings,… 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