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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 Rabbit Dragon Snake (lunar symbol) Horse Goat Monkey Rooster Dog Pig / (the Chad coat of arms within two clawed paws) / OMINOUS LUNAR CALENDAR / 1 Troy Oz 5000 Francs CFA 999 Fine Silver

39mm, .999 Silver, Round

The Republic of Chad contracted with Artisian Coin Productions to produce a annual coin to commemorate the Chinese lunar calendar, with the year’s theme featured in an ominous setting. The first coin was the 2018 Year of the Dog and was “inspired by the Arthur Conan Doyle story of The Hound of the Baskervilles. Mintage is limited to 999 coins and were struck by the privatized Mint of Poland.

Each coin has its serial number etched on the rim with a matching number and certificate of authenticity laser engraved on the bottom of a light-weight aluminum screw-top box.

Your editor has serious reservations about including this coin in the catalog of Sherlock Holmes numismatic items. While the coin is very attactive and well designed, no where does it mention Sherlock Holmes or the Hound. Neither does the tin, which doubles as the certificate of authenticity for the coin. However, the canvas bag, where the tin is placed within, mentions the Hound, Arthur Conan Doyle, Dr. Watson, Holmes and the Baskerville family.

This coin is currently being heavily promoted on online auction services. The production company has also created a video to promote the coin as well.

“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

Pope Leo XIII

Pope Leo XIII

“I had observed some newspaper comment at the time, but I was exceedingly preoccupied by that little affair of the Vatican cameos, and in my anxiety to oblige the Pope I lost touch with several interesting English cases.” – The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN) In The Hound of the Baskervilles, there is the tantalizing reference… Continue Reading

The 1997 British Tales of Terror Philatelic Numismatic Cover

The 1997 British Tales of Terror Philatelic Numismatic Cover

“Mr. Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound!” – The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN) On May 13, 1997, Great Britain issued a four stamp series with the theme of Tales of Terror.  The four stamps features designs of the Hound of the Baskervilles, Dracula, Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Many… Continue Reading

Faces of Holmes: Stewart Granger

Faces of Holmes: Stewart Granger

“… besides being an incomparable actor.” – A Study in Scarlet (STUD) On February 12, 1972, the American Broadcasting Company televised a new version of The Hound of The Baskervilles, starring Stewart Granger as Sherlock Holmes and Bernard Fox as Doctor Watson. This was the first version to be filmed in color in the United States. The… Continue Reading

The 2007 Cook Islands Hound of the Baskervilles Coin

The 2007 Cook Islands Hound of the Baskervilles Coin

“Mr. Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound!” – The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN)       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… Continue Reading

Data! Data! Data! – The Hound of the Baskervilles

Data! Data! Data! – The Hound of the Baskervilles

“‘Data! Data! Data!‘ he cried impatiently. ‘I can’t make bricks without clay.’” – The Adventures of The Copper Beeches (COPP) This column is composed of material (Data!) developed for a short course called Appreciating Sherlock Holmes that I teach twice a year in the Community Education Life Enrichment Program for a local community college. It is composed… Continue Reading

Gibraltar’s 1994 Hound of The Baskervilles Crowns

Gibraltar’s 1994 Hound of The Baskervilles Crowns

“With long bounds the huge black creature was leaping down the track …” – The Hound of The Baskervilles (HOUN) Gibraltar released 8 different designs for its 1994 series of coins commemorating the 100th anniversary of the return of Sherlock Holmes. In this post, we will discuss the three coins that feature the scene on the… Continue Reading