On January 3, 2015 Greg Ruby posted the following article on The Fourth Garrideb blog, dedicated to the numismatics of
Sherlock Holmes. -Editor
The Scandalous Bohemians of New Jersey had their charter meeting on February 28, 1969 with eight members in attendance.¹ They would later have a
irregular newsletter, The Scandal Sheet.
The above medal appears to have been made in 1971. This would make this the oldest item of Sherlockian Numismatica, with the next item coming in
1978 (that’s for another post).
OBVERSE: (Bust of Sherlock Holmes, with deerstalker cap and pip, facing right) / • 1895 •
REVERSE: (violin and bow) / “The Best and the Wisest / Man Whom I Have Ever Known” / JOHN H. WATSON, M.D. / • THE OSTLERS • SBNJ •
32mm, 1 troy oz. .999 fine silver, Round
In reviewing back issues of The Baker Street Journal, we have gleaned the following nuggets:
From the Wants and Offers section of the December, 1971 issue of The Baker Street Journal (Vol. 21, No.4, page 252):
A solid silver (.999 fine) Sherlockian medal, 1 1/4? in diameter, is offered by The Scandalous Bohemians. The obverse bears a profile of the
Master and the reverse a suitable quotation by Watson. It will sell for $12., postpaid in U.S. Foreign orders please add 50¢. A limited number of
identical coins numbered serially to 100 are also available at $15. Orders for expected delivery in late December are being taken. Cheques should be
made out to The Ostlers – SBNJ and sent to Martin J. King, 1113 Sylvan Lane, Mountainside, N.J. 07092.
At the November 19, 1971 meeting of the Scandalous Bohemians of New Jersey, it’s newly appointed Gasogene, Norman Nolan, updated the membership on
the status of the Sherlockian coin project.
During the January 5, 1973 William Gillette Memorial Luncheon at Keen’s Chop House, Rev. Henry Folsom presented BSI Commissionaire Julian Wolff
with one of the Scandalous Bohemians’ silver Sherlock Holmes medal.
Does anyone have any additional information on this medal or the group that issued it? -Editor
To read the complete article, see:
The Scandalous Bohemians of New Jersey Medal
Wayne Homren, Editor
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