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The 2018 140 Varieties of Tobacco Ash Dinner Medal

The 2018 140 Varieties of Tobacco Ash Dinner Medal

” I have, as you know, devoted some attention to this, and written a little monograph on the ashes of 140 different varieties of pipe, cigar, and cigarette tobacco.”

– The Boscombe Valley Mystery (BOSC)

The attendees of the 2018 140 Varieties of Tobacco Ash Dinner

Violin players. Bicycling enthusiasts. Coin collectors. There are numerous Sherlockian groups out there devoted to obscure mentions from the Canon. One of my personal favorites is The 140 Varieties of Tobacco Ash that gathers annually in Indianapolis to enjoy a few cigars and partake in a few alcoholic beverages.

The April 28, 2018 gathering was the group’s 20th annual meeting and to commemorate the event, a medal was issued.

OBVERSE: 20TH / ANNUAL / MEETING / 140 / VARIETIES OF / TOBACCO / ASH (encircled by 16 stars within a laurel branch wreath)

REVERSE: (space available to engrave recipient’s name) / Crown TM

51mm, Round, Base-metal, suspended from a 22mm wide ribbon of silver and blue stripes of equal width

According to Steven Doyle, organizer of the group, only 18 medals were manufactured for the event, one per member.

Thanks to the 59th Garrideb, Monica Schmidt, for alerting us to this medal and for the pictures.

NYPD Challenge Coin Features a Sherlockian Mickey Mouse

NYPD Challenge Coin Features a Sherlockian Mickey Mouse

“… a gentle little white mouse …” – The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier (BLAN) We have another Sherlockian themed challenge coin, featuring Mickey Mouse, from the New York Police Department Detectives. We believed these were just manufactured in the past year, as they started to appear in some online auction sites in large numbers, beginning… Continue Reading

A Sherlockian Challenge Coin from Afghanistan

A Sherlockian Challenge Coin from Afghanistan

“… You have been in Afghanistan, I perceive.” – A Study in Scarlet (STUD)     We are pleased to report that we now have a FOURTH challenge coin issued by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory. You can read about the other three challenge coins HERE. The United States Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory, or USACIL,… Continue Reading

A Third U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory Challenge Coin

A Third U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory Challenge Coin

“… downstairs in my laboratory …” – The Adventure of the Resident Patient (RESI) Back in March of 2017, we reported on a second variety of a challenge coin for the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory. We now have a THIRD variety to report. It is virtually identical to the one we reported on in March… Continue Reading

Oral History interview with Marika Somogyi (1996)

Oral History interview with Marika Somogyi (1996)

“… like all great artists…” – The Adventure of Black Peter (BLAC) We have had many posts here previously about Marika Somogyi, the sculptor of the 1987 art medal of Sherlock Holmes. On August 28, 1996, Somogyi sat for this video interview with the Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma… Continue Reading

Holmework Assignment: The Diogenes Club of Tokyo Medal

Holmework Assignment: The Diogenes Club of Tokyo Medal

“Well, in the Diogenes Club, for example.” – The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter (GREE) On December 17, 2017, the Sherlock Holmes Collection of Daniel Posnansky was sold at auction by the firm of Profiles in History. This post will focus on the medal pictured above. The lot was described as follows: 291. [Sherlockiana.] Vintage silver pendant metal for… Continue Reading

Numismatic Tributes To Frederic Chopin

Numismatic Tributes To Frederic Chopin

“What’s that little thing of Chopin’s she plays so magnificently…” – A Study In Scarlet (STUD) Frederic Chopin, the musical prodigy, was only mentioned once in the 60 stories of the Canon and that was towards the end of A Study In Scarlet. However brief his appearance in the tale, he might be the most honored person… Continue Reading

Diogenes Club of Washington, DC Issues Challenge Coin

Diogenes Club of Washington, DC Issues Challenge Coin

“It is for the convenience of these that the Diogenes Club was started …” – The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter (GREE) The Diogenes Club of Washington, DC is one of the newer scions of the Baker Street Irregulars, having been founded just a few months after our own group was formed in 2014. Organized by… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading