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The FDA Internal Affairs Challenge Coin

The FDA Internal Affairs Challenge Coin

“… the giant rat of Sumatra, a story for which the world is not yet prepared.”

– The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire (SUSS)

FDA Internal Affairs OBV     FDA Internal Affairs REVa

We have another challenge coin that has a design with Sherlockian themes. This challenge coin comes from the Office of Criminal Investigations of the United States Food and Drug Administration.

OBVERSE: INTERNAL AFFAIRS / (a standing rat in deerstalker cap and holding a magnifying glass, superimposed upon a map of the continental United States in the colors of the U.S. flag) / CONSTITUERE NON STUPIDI

REVERSE: OFFICE OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS / (shield of a FDA special agent) / (6 stars)

51mm, Round, Enamel

The Latin phrase on the bottom of the obverse translates as Resolved Not Stupid.

The FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations is headquartered in Washington, DC, but has 13 field offices around the country. All of the offices has Internal Affairs staffers.

We would welcome more information about this particular challenge coin.

Sherlockian “Thanks A Million” Fantasy Bank Notes

Sherlockian “Thanks A Million” Fantasy Bank Notes

“… those bundles on the table are two thousand of Prescott’s notes …” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) For the past two years, there have been appearances of fantasy $1,000,000 bank notes (also referred to as bookmarks) for sale over the internet. These bills are a reproduction of a Series 2003A $1 Federal… Continue Reading

Canada Issues $200 Gold Coin Featuring the Amazon

Canada Issues $200 Gold Coin Featuring the Amazon

“… the derelict Marie Celeste …” – J. Habakuk Jephson’s Statement Almost four years before the name Sherlock Holmes was seen in print, Arthur Conan Doyle had published J. Habakuk Jephson’s Statement in the January 1884 issue of The Cornhill Magazine. Doyle was one of the first to publish a fictionalized version of the mystery of the ship Mary Celeste, which… Continue Reading

London on Eleven Shillings a Day

London on Eleven Shillings a Day

“…  as free as an income of eleven shillings and sixpence a day will permit a man to be.” – A Study in Scarlet (STUD) The canon references a variety of coins and their nicknames, common enough for the Victorian reader, but quite confusing for those in the twenty-first century. Even more perplexing was the… Continue Reading

Dressed to Kill (1946)

Dressed to Kill (1946)

“A printing press – a counterfeiter’s outfit …” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) Seventy years ago, June 7, 1946 to be precise, the movie Dressed to Kill premiered. This was the last of the 14 films that starred Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes. The last 3 minutes of the film does have a… Continue Reading

Reproduction Check of Arthur Conan Doyle

Reproduction Check of Arthur Conan Doyle

“But thanks to my cheque-book …” – His Last Bow (LAST) The website of Famous-Celebrity-Autographs.com has numerous offerings of reproductions of checks signed by celebrities and other famous people. One such celebrity would be Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. They are offering a reproduction of a $15 check that he wrote on June 7, 1922 and was drawn… Continue Reading

Bank of England Exhibition on the History of Counterfeiting

Bank of England Exhibition on the History of Counterfeiting

“… the counterfeiter stands in a class by himself …” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) 2007 Oscar-winning film The Counterfeiters told the story of plans to flood the UK with fake banknotes The August 15, 2016 edition of The Evening Standard has a report by Robert Dex of a new exhibition on counterfeiting that… Continue Reading