Elementary: Sherlock’s Lapel Pin(s)

Taken from hi-res promo stills:

And then there’s this one (also from a promo still):


Which may be the same pin, desaturated or in silver. Or not. The three above appear to be the Arethusa coin / pin / replica.

There are at least two other pins, however: The much-rumored Royal Marines pin and what appears to be a gold Sovereign:

Gold (?) full Sovereign coin / replica / pin on the left, Royal Marines pin on the right. The above images have been taken from promo stills / screencaps. Below are examples of the ‘real’ found objects, as seen on the internet:

Again, because I do not know their exact size, I cannot be sure what they are (pins, cufflinks, tie tacks, replicas, etc).


Author: Staff Writer

Thirty-something graphic designer trapped in a boring part of Florida.

6 thoughts on “Elementary: Sherlock’s Lapel Pin(s)”

  1. That last photo is most likely a desatted color pic. It’s too uniformly blue black and the whites aren’t the right hue for it to be a true b/w pic. It most definitely in *NOT* a color photo of a silver pin for that reason. Ifit were a silver pin, there would be color in the cloth around it and reflected color on the pin from the light and surroundings. But there isn’t, so … desat.

  2. Certainly possible. I’ve seen pics of Sherlock wearing the same scarf (and maybe the same jacket) and the pin appears to be gold in all of them.

  3. It appears to be an ancient coin made into a pin or a reproduction of a coin. The photo isn’t great but it’s probably a coin of ancient Syracuse (a Greek colony in Sicily) with the nymph Arethusa (a daughter of Nereus) surrounded by dolphins. The obverse of this issue is a racing chariot with the driver being crowned by Nike. It’s hard to tell the size here, but it from it’s size compared to the button hole, it appears to be a drachm size, circa 390 BCE or thereabouts. If so the silver coin was gold plated when it was made into a pin. If it is actually gold, it would be a 10 litra and quite rare.

    A similar coin was issued by Sinope (located in Paphlagonia on the Black Sea) with the head of the nymph Sinope surrounded by dolphins. Reverse of this coin has an eagle on a dolphin and the word Sinope in Greek. When I saw this post I immediately thought of the coins of Sinope, but the pin appears to be more likely a coin of Syracuse. It’s and educated guess, but a guess nonetheless. I’m sure a more advanced collector can clear up the/my confusion.

    1. Thank you for that information. The ‘pin’ appears to have a concave surface, which seemed unusual for a button, but would be less so for an ancient coin.

      1. According to a quickie Google Image Search, the Arethusa coins do have small dolphins(?) around the bust, which matches the crescent moon shapes seen on the pin quite well. The Sinope coin does not seem to match as closely.

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