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Two Medals of Sarasate

Two Medals of Sarasate

“Sarasate plays at the St. James’s Hall this afternoon …”

– The Red Headed League (REDH)

One of our very first posts on this website was about the Spanish 1994 10 Peseta coin honoring Pablo Sarasate, the noted violinst mentioned in The Red-Headed League. We have now come across two other items featuring Sarasate.

The first is the portrait placque pictured above, made in 1905, by sculptor Franz Kounitzky. This rectangular, unifae placque measures 78mm by 86mm and is cast in copper. It features Sarasate’s draped bust facing three-quarters right, his head almost facing. Below is a violin bow, held by a hand on the extreme right; to his left is a flower is delicately held by the thumb and forefinger of another hand.

This 27mm medallion was issued to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth at his birthplace in Pamplona, Spain.

Sarsate was unique in being the only actual person mention in the Canon, other than royalty, to be featured on a circulating coin. He was joined by Sherlock Holmes in 2019 when the United Kingdom’s 50 pence coin was released into circulation.

The Medals of the Hansoms of John Clayton

The Medals of the Hansoms of John Clayton

“We hired a hansom …” – The Adventure of the Naval Treaty (NAVA) Recently, we posted a HolmeWork Assignment asking about the 1997 DISI Award Medals, and Brad Keefauver, the 41st Garrideb, was quick to respond that DISI was the Downstate Illinois Sherlock Invitational that took place for two years, starting in 1996. Brad then posted on… Continue Reading

The Conan Doyle Shooting Competition Medals of the NRA of the United Kingdom

The Conan Doyle Shooting Competition Medals of the NRA of the United Kingdom

“He pulled me out once from under the rifles of the Boers …” – The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier (BLAN) After returning home from serving in the Boer War, Arthur Conan Doyle became a huge advocate for the local citizens to learn how to fire rifles and other small firearms as a measure of… Continue Reading

Medals of the 1911 Prince Henry Tour and Arthur Conan Doyle

Medals of the 1911 Prince Henry Tour and Arthur Conan Doyle

“It’s my race anyhow…” – The Adventure of the Silver Blaze (SILV) During the summer of 1911, Prinz Albert Wilhelm Heinrich von Preußen of Prussia arranged for a multi-country auto race as a gesture of goodwill for the upcoming coronation of King George V. Starting in Hamburg on July 4, 1911, the Prince Henry Tour… Continue Reading

The Iconic London Numisproof Collection’s 221b Baker Street Medal

The Iconic London Numisproof Collection’s 221b Baker Street Medal

“… near the museum …” – The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle (BLUE) Between 2012 and 2014, the Numisproof Collection issued a series of 18 designs that it called its Iconic London Collection, with each medal being plated in 24 karat gold. Designs included in the series included: British Museum, Leicester Square, Greenwich Observatory, London Zoo, The… Continue Reading

The Year in Sherlockian Numismatica – 2018

The Year in Sherlockian Numismatica – 2018

“… we have very properly laid in the new almanack …” – The Valley of Fear (VALL) With the release of the Baker Street Almanac 2019 earlier this month, we thought that now would be an appropriate time to reprint this adapation of our article that appeared in the 2018 Alamanac. When The Fourth Garrideb was… Continue Reading