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The E-Sylum: Volume 17, Number 37, September 7, 2014, Article 17

SHERLOCKIAN NUMISMATISTS FORM THE FOURTH GARRIDEB

As noted in earlier E-Sylum issues, Greg Ruby formed a club of numismatists interested in coins, medals and other numismatic items relating to Sherlock Holmes. The group had its first meeting at the recent American Numismatic Association convention in Chicago. Greg wrote an article about the group's formation on their new blog, The Fourth Garrideb. -Editor

Welcome to The Fourth Garrideb, a scion where we celebrate Canonical and Conanical numismatics. There are many specialized Sherlockian scions devoted to very narrow fields – The Elusive Bicyclists, Moriarty’s Mathematicians, and The Practical, But Limited, Geologists, just to name a few. Why shouldn’t there be a scion devoted to Sherlockians who are also coin collectors.

Back in the early and mid 1990’s, Ed Rochette and I had a few conversations, while we were attending annual conventions of the American Numismatic Association (ANA), about forming a Sherlockian coin club. Unfortunately, we were never able to follow up on this.

Fast forward to January 2014. Yours truly was laid up with a severely broken right ankle for several months and started rereading the Canon. Also during this time, season 3 of BBC’s Sherlock premiered on my local PBS station. I started recalling my conversations with Ed and decided to see if it would be feasible to try to form a club of coin collecting Sherlockians.

I reached out to a few other collectors via email and the response was positive. A few weeks later, The E-Sylum published a query of mine on this topic and several other coin collectors responded with interest. It was decided that we would meet in Chicago during the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money in August.

Seven brave and hearty souls arrived for our organizational meeting on Saturday, August 9, 2014. These seven Founding Charter members will be known as Syracusan Members – of the finest period.

There was a general discussion about whether a club like ours would be of interest to others and it was decided that it was. Conversation followed regarding coins being mentioned in the various Holmes stories and I shared some literature from my library relating to Holmes and Numismatics.

Bob Fritsch suggested we call ourselves The Fourth Garrideb, after The Adventures of the Three Garridebs, and recounted how Ed Rochette referred to himself as Nathan Garrideb. It was unanimously decided to use this as our name.

Another discussion centered around the need to catalog Holmes related numismatic items and it was agreed that this would be one of our scion’s major goals. It was also discussed that we would produce an electronic journal, with the possibility of an annual hard copy of the previous year’s posts.

Congratulations to Greg and the members of this hardy group. I am glad to hear that a journal and catalog of Sherlockian numismatics are in the works. Good luck! -Editor

Somogyi Sherlock Holmes Medal obv Somogyi Sherlock Holmes Medal rev

To read the complete article, see:
How The Fourth Garrideb Came To Be (fourthgarrideb.com/2014/09/how-the-fourth-garrideb-came-to-be/)



Wayne Homren, Editor

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