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
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
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
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!
To read the complete article, see:
How The Fourth Garrideb Came To Be
Wayne Homren, Editor
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