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A Fascinating New Medal for Collectors (12/27/1987)

A Fascinating New Medal for Collectors (12/27/1987)

“… I should have had a medal …”

– The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR)

Medal design captures the Holmes mystique.

SHERLOCK Holmes, one of the world’s most famous fictional characters, is the subject of an imaginative new medal marking the centennial of his literary birth. The medal was designed by the noted medallic artist, Marika Somogyi, and is being offered in gold and silver.

Holmes made his debut in 1887, when a London journal called Beeton’s Christmas Annual published ”A Study in Scarlet.” That was the first of 56 short stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle featuring the masterful British detective. Doyle also wrote four novels built around Holmes.

Miss Somogyi’s intriguing new medal is shaped in the form of Holmes’s head. He is wearing his familiar deerstalker hat and an upturned collar is over the lower portion of his face. Adding an appropriate sense of mystery, a keyhole pierces the metal near his left eye. On the reverse, ”Sherlock” is inscribed in script and ”Holmes” is spelled out in a series of sometimes cluelike capital letters. The ”O,” for example, is formed by the end of a magnifying glass and the ”S” by the detective’s curved pipe.

Miss Somogyi is a Hungarian-born medalist who escaped from her homeland in 1956 and now resides in Berkeley, Calif. She has earned growing recognition for her sensitive and often sensuous works of medallic art.

The Sherlock Holmes medal measures 2 1/8 by 1 5/8 inches. It is being cast in 14-karat (.5883-fine) gold and sterling silver. The gold version weighs about 2.5 troy ounces and the silver piece about 2 troy ounces. Each is signed by the artist and serially numbered. Mintage limits are 35 in gold and 300 in silver.

Prices are $995 for the gold and $99.50 for the silver. At the purchaser’s option, the medal can be produced with a loop to permit its use as a pendant or watch fob. The gold version’s price is subject to change with the market price of gold. Send orders and inquiries to Numismarketing Associates, 5189 Jeffdale Avenue, Woodland Hills, Calif. 91364. Purchasers should allow 60 days for delivery, since each medal is individually cast, hand-finished and antiqued.

This story was originally published in the December 27, 1987 editon of The New York Times and is reprinted here with permission by the author.

The late Ed Reiter was the Numismatics Editor for The New York Times for 10 years. In addition, he served as Senior Editor of COINage for 32 years and was the Executive Director of the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG) for 27 years at the time of his death. On a personal note, your editor met Ed while he was teaching the Numismatic Writing and Research class at the American Numismatic Association Summer Seminar in Colorado Springs in 1983 and was pleased that Reiter sponsored his subsequent membership application for the NLG.

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

Numismatic Art Award Recognizes Somogyi’s Work (1989)

Numismatic Art Award Recognizes Somogyi’s Work (1989)

“If I were a sculptor …” – The Problem of Thor Bridge (THOR) Marika Somogyi accepts the Numismatic Art Award for Excellence in Medallic Sculpture from ANA President Stephen R. Taylor during the banquet at the ANA’s 98th Anniversary Convention. [1989] This article first appeared in the November 1989 issue of The Numismatist “Medals should be… Continue Reading

Somogyi Designs Holmes Centennial Medal (1987)

Somogyi Designs Holmes Centennial Medal (1987)

“… But you’ll always find scratches round a keyhole.” – The Adventure of the Golden Pince Nez (GOLD) Reprinted from the November 18, 1987 issue of Coin World An art medal commemorating the centennial of the Sherlock Holmes character has been created by noted West Coast artist Marika Somogyi. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the fictional… Continue Reading

Somogyi Creates Sherlock Holmes Centennial Medal (1987)

Somogyi Creates Sherlock Holmes Centennial Medal (1987)

“… But you’ll always find scratches round a keyhole.” – The Adventure of the Golden Pince Nez (GOLD) Reprinted from the December 1987 issue of The Numismatist In honor of the centennial of the introduction of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Marika Somogyi has added her name to the list of Sherlockian interpreters with an… Continue Reading