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The Bimetallic Question of Montreal’s Lapel Pin

The Bimetallic Question of Montreal’s Lapel Pin

“… a Minister needs information as to a point which involves the Navy, India, Canada, and the bi-metallic question …”

– The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans (BRUC)

It was in The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans  that we learned of Mycroft Holmes knowledge of the bi-metallic question. Bimetallism is the practice of a country using both gold and silver to guarantee the value of their currency. An excellent review of that topic is in Ross E. Davies article from The Sherlock Holmes Journal on The Bimetallic Question in the Valley of Fear that we reprinted HERE.

In 1979, a group of Montreal-based Sherlockians formed a local scion, The Bimetallic Question – The Sherlock Holmes Society of Montreal. Their club logo, pictured above, shows a magnifying glass looking at two coins with the portraits of Holmes and Watson. We are presuming one is silver and the other is gold.

In the July issue of Scuttlebutt from the Spermaceti Press, the 13th Garrideb, Peter E. Blau, shares news that the group has issued a lapel pin of their logo, as they celebrate their 40th anniversary. Details are below.

This could be a nice addition to some collections. We have discussed a few Sherlockian group pins with a numismatic tie-in in the posts on this site before.

Some Links About the Bank of England

Some Links About the Bank of England

“No living man could tell a Prescott from a Bank of England …” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) A circa 1890 photograph of the Bank of England by George Washington Wilson. There are only two mentions of the Bank of England thoughout the 60 stories of the Canon – in The Dancing Men… Continue Reading

A Sherlockian “Coin” From a 1973 Forbes Magazine Advertisement

A Sherlockian “Coin” From a 1973 Forbes Magazine Advertisement

 “‘Capital!’ cried the inspector. ‘Capital!’” – The Adventure of the Dancing Men (DANC) In 1971, Chicago’s Harris Trust and Savings Bank launched an advertising campaign for their capital planning services. One advertisement featured a color illustration of a coin depicting Sherlock Holmes. The advertisement pictured above appeared in the May 1971 issue of Fortune. Thanks to Morgan… Continue Reading

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

“I had called upon my friend Sherlock Holmes upon the second morning after Christmas, with the intention of wishing him the compliments of the season.” – The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle (BLUE) Happy Holidays! For those of our readers, who get the email blasts alerting them to new posts being published on the site, we will… Continue Reading

Sherlockian Themed Pathtag Geocoins

Sherlockian Themed Pathtag Geocoins

“… something precious, something which he could not bear to part with, had been left behind.” -The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge (WIST) Pathtags are a single-sided custom metal tag about the size and weight of a U.S. Quarter Dollar coin. These are generally considered to a signature item to be traded with others, often in geocaching or… Continue Reading

The U.S. Deficit Did It (1984)

The U.S. Deficit Did It (1984)

“… a premature examination of accounts exposed my deficit.” – The Adventure of the Gloria Scott (GLOR) This editorial cartoon by Sam Rawls first appeared in the February 27, 1985 edition of The Atlanta Constitution. It’s interesting to see how Holmes and Watson have been worked into editorial cartoons over the years – I have two in… Continue Reading

Sherlockian Starbucks Rewards Gold Cards

Sherlockian Starbucks Rewards Gold Cards

“… I shall order you a cup of hot coffee …” – The Adventure of  the Speckled Band (SPEC) In today’s modern age, it is becoming more common for folks to not carry any cash with them. We’ve done numerous posts on this site about prepaid phone cards. With marketing efforts, such as gift or reward cards,… Continue Reading