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Faces of Holmes: Buddy Ebsen

Faces of Holmes: Buddy Ebsen

“… an incomparable actor.”

– A Study in Scarlet (STUD)

When I hear the name of Buddy Ebsen, I recall his nine seasons as Jed Clampett on the CBS television series The Beverly Hillbilliies. Others recall his role as Georgie Russel, Davy Crockett”s sidekick on the Disney mini-series of Davy Crockett. Ebsen would portray detective Barnaby Jones for 8 seasons in the television series of the same name. Quinn Martin Productions had some publicity photos taken of Ebsen dressed in Sherlockian inveness cape and deerstalker hat. Some wire service stories would mention that Ebsen had been awarded an honorary membership into the Baker Street Irregulars. This honorary membership was never awarded.

In the summer of 1978, an anonymous buyer purchased one of the five known 1913 Liberty Head nickels in a private transaction for $200,000. Several months later, the same anonymous buyer would purchase an 1804 dollar, also for $200,000. Superior Stamp and Coin Company of Beverly Hills handled both sales and would only say that the purchaser was “a major figure in the entertainment industry.”

In a March 3, 1979 editorial for Numismatic News, editor Arnold Jeffcoat was bemoaning these anonymous transactions and implied that Ebsen was the purchaser. Jeffcoat was wrong and in May, 1979 would receive a letter from Ebsen denying his ownership. a few months later, Sports Illustrated would reveal that the two coins were owned by Dr. Jerry Buss, owner of the Los Angeles Lakers.

In 1987, Buddy Ebsen was one of the founders of the Beverly Hills Coin Club. The club produced two tokens, mimicking the designs of a 1793 cent and a 1975 Eagle coin, that were good for $20 in purchase at their club meetings.

 

     

Ebsen’s coin collection was sold by Superior in a series of two sales in 1987. One of the highlights of the sale was this 1879 pattern Stella, a gold four dollar coin

 

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

A Sherlockian Spinner Token from Cutco

A Sherlockian Spinner Token from Cutco

“… I have been sitting spinning theories with my friend.” – The Valley of Fear (VALL) Spinner tokens are a fascinating avenue of collecting exonumia. These tokens are made to be spun upon a flat service, with an arrow or pointing device. These advertising tokens were, more often than not, used to help determine who would buy… Continue Reading

1987 “The Legend Lives On” Overstruck Cents

1987 “The Legend Lives On” Overstruck Cents

“It mentions the legend in one of these references.” – The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire (SUSS) In 1987, Larry Hall, a machine shop operator in Morgan, Utah, issued a token in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the first appearance of Sherlock Holmes. What makes this token different from other tokens featuring Sherlock Holmes is the metal… Continue Reading

Faces of Holmes: Clive Brook

Faces of Holmes: Clive Brook

“When an actor…” – The Man with the Twisted Lip (TWIS) Clifford “Clive” Hardman Brook was born in London on June 1, 1887 – 17 November 1974 and would portray Sherlock Holmes in three movies. From the Encyclopedia of Hollywood Film Actors: Maybe because he was British, Clive Brook was one of the stars of the silent… 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