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The E-Sylum: Volume 20, Number 50, December 3, 2017, Article 20

ALEX SHAGIN’S SHERLOCK HOLMES MEDALS

Also in Greg Ruby's Fourth Garrideb blog recently were two nice Sherlock Holmes related medals by Alex Shagin. -Editor

1990 Sherlock Holmes Medal

1990 Shagin Sherlock Holmes Medal Obverse 1990 Shagin Sherlock Holmes Medal Reverse

From the George S. Cuhaj (the 14th Garrideb, aka Cardinal Tosca) Collection

Alex Shagin, a former head engraver with the Leningrad Mint, was commissioned in 1990 to sculpt a medal featuring Sherlock Holmes. Cast in both silver and bronze, it was limited to 100 castings. We do not know if this 100 limit was per metal or for the overall series.

The silver medal was initially offered at $175, but would later be reduced to $150. The bronze medal sold for $75.

OBVERSE: SHERLOCK / (left facing profile of Sherlock Holmes, wearing a deerstalker cap) / HOLMES

REVERSE: 221 / B (held by a left hand) / BAKER / Str.

75 mm, Bronze, Square
and
75 mm, Silver, Square

I like this one! -Editor

To read the complete article, see:
Alex Shagin’s 1990 Portrait Medal of Sherlock Holmes (http://fourthgarrideb.com/2017/11/22/alex-shagins-1990-portrait-medal-of-sherlock-holmes/)

1991 Arthur Conan Doyle Medal

1991 Arthur Conan Doyle Medal Obverse 1991 Arthur Conan Doyle Medal reverse

In 1991, Alex Shagin, a former head engraver with the Leningrad Mint, cast a medal featuring Arthur Conan Doyle, which was marketed by Sherlock, Stock & Barrel, a firm owned by Edward C. Rochette, the 4th Garrideb of our scion. Cast in both silver and bronze, they were limited to 100 castings. We do not know if this was one hundred in each metal or total for both metals. The bronze medal sold for $75 and the silver for $150.

OBVERSE: CONAN / (three-quarter bust of Arthur Conan Doyle, facing right, wearing a cap) / DOYLE

REVERSE: OPUS ARTUM / (letters & papers on a desk, along with a inkwell and quill, magnifying glass, and a lit oil lamp in front of a window with curtains)

75 mm, Square, Bronze
and
75 mm, Square, Silver

Another nice piece. -Editor

To read the complete article, see:
Alex Shagin’s 1991 Portrait Medal of Arthur Conan Doyle (http://fourthgarrideb.com/2017/11/22/alex-shagins-1991-portrait-medal-of-arthur-conan-doyle/)

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Wayne Homren, Editor

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