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The E-Sylum: Volume 18, Number 37, September 13, 2015, Article 17

NUMISMATIC REMEMBRANCES OF CHARLIE CHAPLIN

In his September 7, 2015 blog, The Fourth Garrideb - Numismatics of Sherlock Holmes, Grey Ruby takes a look at some numismatic items featuring Charlie Chaplin. Here's an excerpt. -Editor

Charlie Chaplin Jitney-Token obverse Charlie Chaplin Jitney-Token reverse

For 100 years, Charlie Chaplin has been appearing on various tokens, medals and coins to promote his movies and to honor his legacy. Unfortunately, none honor his role as Billy the page from Gillette’s Sherlock Holmes play. In this post, we’ll take a look at a few examples from each category. Our first brass token promotes Chaplin’s A Jitney Elopement film that was released on April 1, 1915. Chaplin wrote and directed this film, in addition to starring as Edna Purviance’s suitor.

Charlie Chaplin Gold-Rush-Token
Chaplin wrote, directed, produced, starred in and composed the musical score for 1925’s The Gold Rush. Chaplin is quoted as saying, “This is the picture that I want to be remembered by.” At least four different tokens are known to exist promoting this movie at various theaters (Gaiety Theatre, Empire & Prince’s, The Grey Street, Brown’s Theatre) in England during 1926.

Paris Mint Chaplin medal Paris Mint Chaplin medal reverse

The Paris Mint issued this 71mm medal commemorating Chaplin in 1974.

To read the complete article, see:
Select Numismatic Remembrances of Charlie Chaplin (http://fourthgarrideb.com/2015/09/select-numismatic-remembrances-of-charlie-chaplin/)

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Wayne Homren, Editor

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