Sherlock Bank Note

A fantasy £20 bank note for the Bank of London, featuring Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes, was released for sale in late July 2016 on many of the online auction services.

Jeremy Brett (born Peter Jeremy William Huggins; 3 November 1933 – 12 September 1995), was an English actor, probably best known for playing fictional detective Sherlock Holmes in four Granada TV series from 1984 to 1994 in all 41 episodes.

Jeremy Brett had his first encounter with Sherlock Holmes in 1980. He played Dr. Watson in the stage production The Crucifer of Blood opposite Charlton Heston as Holmes. Later he took on the role of the intensely analytical detective himself in the television series The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

The notes which featuring Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes are incredibly well detailed and at first glance appear to be intaglio printed, but they are offset printed. These notes have individual serial numbers (1,000 notes were printed) and feature watermarks, Ultraviolet fluorescent fibers, microprinting, and Ultraviolet seal overprint on the front.

Jeremy Brett is featured prominently on the front as is the Palace of Westminster and Big Ben. To the right of Brett, is Holmes’s violin and magnifying glass.  Looking at the strings of the violin through the magnifying glass, you’ll notice that the violin strings are actually the words SHERLOCK HOLMES micro printed. There is also a small bust of Holmes at the bottom center of the note and that is filled with micro printing as well.

Jeremy Brett’s train scene is really very close and similar to a Sydney Paget illustration.

The back of the note features the Sidney Paget drawing from Silver Blaze as the central vignette and an 1885 coin featuring Queen Victoria. Behind the wording of TWENTY POUNDS at the bottom of the note are 15  dancing man symbols from The Dancing Men, which translates to AM HERE ABE SLANEY.

"I Promise To Pay The Bearer On Demand At This Consulting Detective Office The Sum Of Twenty Pounds"


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