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The E-Sylum (2/5/2017)

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Here's some more information about avid coin collector and new Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee appointee Kareem Abdul-Jabbar from Greg Ruby's The Fourth Garrideb blog on the numismatics of Sherlock Holmes. -Editor

A rather famous Sherlockian (more noted for his previous career) was recently appointed to fill a vacancy on the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC).

We discussed Kareem’s Abdul-Jabbar Sherlockian activities a few months back when he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Mycroft Holmes Abdul-Jabbar is known within Sherlockian circles for being the author (with Anna Waterhouse) of the pastiche Mycroft Holmes, which earned him an invitation to attend the 2015 BSI Dinner. The story tells of the early career of Sherlock Holmes’s older brother. Mycroft is 23 years old in this story. When the book was released in September 2015, the podcast I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere conducted an interview with Abdul-Jabbar...

The Presidential Medal of Freedom badge is in the form of a golden star with white enamel, with a red enamel pentagon behind it; the central disc bears thirteen gold stars on a blue enamel background within a golden ring. Golden American bald eagles with spread wings stand between the points of the star. It is worn around the neck on a blue ribbon with white edge stripes.

The medal may also be worn in miniature form on a ribbon on the left chest, with a silver American bald eagle with spread wings on the ribbon. In addition, the medal is accompanied by a service ribbon for wear on military service uniform, a miniature medal pendant for wear on mess dress or civilian formal wear, and a lapel badge for wear on civilian clothes (all shown in the accompanying photograph of the full presentation set).


Here's a long, tall selfie from the 2015 BSI Dinner. -Editor

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar BSI dinner selfie

To read the complete articles, see:
Sherlockian Appointed to Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Awarded Medal of Freedom (

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:


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