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The 1994 Gibraltar Mary Celeste One Crown Coin

The 1994 Gibraltar Mary Celeste One Crown Coin

“… having in tow the derelict brigantine Marie Celeste “

J. Habakuk Jephson’s Statement 

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 a story that doesn’t involve Sherlock Holmes – the Mary Celeste.

Inspired by the real case of the ship Mary Celeste which had been found abandoned and drifting in the Atlantic Ocean off Portugal, under full sail, Conan Doyle was one of the first to publish a version of what happened. He drew heavily on actua facts but included significant differences that have since been accepted as fact to the real story, not least in calling the ship the Marie, rather than Mary, Celeste. Some journalists even took his account for real. The ship was brought into Gibraltar for salvage and folks refer to Doyle’s tale of J. Habakuk Jephson’s Statement as Gibraltar’s Sherlock Holmes story.

Edward C. Rochette, the 5th Garrideb, suggested the idea of a series of coins commemorating Sherlock Holmes while having discussions with Derek Pobjoy, the head of the Pobjoy Mint in the early 1990’s. Pobjoy Mint then struck 8 different designs in 3 metals – cupro-nickel, sterling silver and .999 fine gold.

OBVERSE: ELIZABETH II / (right facing bust of Queen Elizabeth II) / GIBRALTAR • 1994

REVERSE: • 100th ANNIVERSARY OF THE RETURN OF SHERLOCK HOLMES • / (Sherlock Holmes profile inside an oval, facing right, with deerstalker) /  THE / MARY / CELESTE / (the ship Mary Celeste under sail) / 1 / CROWN

KM289 – Round, 36.60 mm, Cupro-Nickel, 28.28 grams, Reeded Edge, unknown mintage

KM289a – Round, 36.60 mm, .925 Sterling Silver, 28.28 grams, Reeded Edge, 30,000 minted

KM281 – Round, 22 mm, 1/5 ounce .999 Gold, 6.22 grams, Reeded Edge, 5,000 minted

The press release, issued by the Pobjoy Mint, announcing these coins is somewhat vague and implies that all three coins are Crowns. The Standard Catalog of World Coins 1900-1999 (whose KM catalog numbers we are referencing above) lists the gold coins as being a 1/5 Crown. If this is the case, a slight modification is needed to the reverse description above.

Issue prices were $6 for cupro-nickel, $35 for the sterling silver and $165 for the gold coins.

Queen Elizabeth Gives Out Sherlock Coin As Part of Maundy Thursday

Queen Elizabeth Gives Out Sherlock Coin As Part of Maundy Thursday

“… your Grace’s purse.” – The Adventure of the Priory School (PRIO) We are sharing the pertinent content of today’s news coverage of Queen Elizabeth II’s participation in the Maundy Thursday ceremony. For full coverage of the story, please read Alice Scarsi’s news article in The Daily Express.  The Royal Family’s Twitter account wrote: “The Queen commemorates… Continue Reading

The 1995 Sherlock Holmes Philatelic Numismatic Covers

The 1995 Sherlock Holmes Philatelic Numismatic Covers

“Or did it come through the post?” – The Adventure of the Reigate Squire (REIG) In October 1993, the United Kingdom issued five different 24 pence stamps featuring Sherlock Holmes themes. In May 1995, a set of five different Philatelic – Numismatic Combination Covers (envelope with postal cancellation and a numismatic item, usually a coin) or… Continue Reading

A Sherlockian Hobo Nickel Design for ANA’s National Coin Week Challenge

A Sherlockian Hobo Nickel Design for ANA’s National Coin Week Challenge

“… the artist had brought out the full effect…” – The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor (NOBL) National Coin Week, sponsored by the American Numismatic Association (ANA), is fast approaching with an April 21 start date. Several years back (pre 2016) the ANA sponsored a contest encouraging elementary students to design their own hobo nickels. One student,… Continue Reading

A Sherlock Hound Phonecard

A Sherlock Hound Phonecard

” Holmes the sleuth-hound” – The Red-Headed League (REDH) We discussed Sherlock Hound on these pages before. Between November 6, 1984 and May 21, 1985, 26 episodes of the animated series Sherlock Hound aired in Japan. Based on the Sherlock Holmes stories, the characters were portrayed by anthropomorphic dogs. Sherlock Hound was the title given to the series when syndicated… Continue Reading

Vasily Livanov Featured on 2019 Fantasy Russian 100 Ruble Banknotes

Vasily Livanov Featured on 2019 Fantasy Russian 100 Ruble Banknotes

“… a man might as well live in Russia …” – The Valley of Fear (VALL) A series of fantasy Russian 100 Ruble banknotes have recently been produced featuring Russian cinematic themes and actors. One of these banknotes feature Vasily Livanov, who portrayed Sherlock Holmes in the 11 episodes of the 1979 – 1986 Soviet… Continue Reading

The 2007 Cook Islands Sherlock Holmes $2 Coin

The 2007 Cook Islands Sherlock Holmes $2 Coin

“…in these islands.“ – The Adventure of the Stockbroker’s Clerk (STOC) 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 Soviet television productions of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and… Continue Reading

MATCA Honored Holmes With 1984 Token

MATCA Honored Holmes With 1984 Token

“…  a twinkle of amusement …” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) The Maryland Amusement Token Collectors Association was founded in 1979 by Robert A. Johnson. Over the course of the next four to five years, they would issue over 100 plastic tokens or wooden nickels commemorating various themes. They would be available to interested collectors… Continue Reading

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