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A Second U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory Challenge Coin

A Second U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory Challenge Coin

“The bottle was downstairs in my laboratory …”

– The Adventure of the Resident Patient (RESI)

     

Last August, we reported on a Sherlockian themed challenge coin issued by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory. We now have a second challenge coin, with two major differences from our first reported challenge coin. This second example features the badge of a Lab Examiner within the the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, rather than the seal of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command. Secondly, unlike most challenge coins, this new example has absolutely no color at all and appears to be in the base metal.

OBVERSE: U.S. ARMY CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION / (image of Mickey Mouse with deerstalker and magnifying glass, superimposed a large footprint, within a circle of footprints) / LABORATORY

REVERSE: (badge of a Lab Examiner within the the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command)

45mm, Round, Enamel

The appearance of a badge on the reverse of this challenge coin fuels the thought that there could be additional varieties of this challenge coin, with different badges for the various positions within the department. Happy hunting!

Sherlock Holmes, Life Magazine and a Token

Sherlock Holmes, Life Magazine and a Token

“‘What ineffable twaddle!’ I cried, slapping the magazine down on the table; ‘I never read such rubbish in my life.’” – A Study In Scarlet (STUD) Periodically, Time, Inc. publishes special editions of Life magazine, and this January published a Sherlock Holmes volume for the title. The title will be on display and available for purchase until… Continue Reading

TFG Issues Souvenir Card at 2017 ANA National Money Show Dinner

TFG Issues Souvenir Card at 2017 ANA National Money Show Dinner

“Surely you will stay and have some dinner?” – The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN) Souvenir Card issued for the 2017 Orlando Dinner Six Sherlockians and numismatists gathered at Maggiano’s Pointe Orlando on Friday, March 10th for the Numismatic Friends of Sherlock Holmes Dinner. The 2017 National Money Show in Orlando by the American Numismatic… Continue Reading

Cumberbatch Reads The Conundrum of Coach 13

Cumberbatch Reads The Conundrum of Coach 13

“Engage a special.” – The Adventure of the Final Problem (FINA) Benedict Cumberbatch, who stars as Sherlock Holmes in the BBC series Sherlock, has recorded many spoken voice readings of the sixty stories of the Canon and numerous other pastiches. John Taylor, author of The Unopened Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, has issued another set of… Continue Reading

The Department of Defense Computer Forensics Laboratory Challenge Coin

The Department of Defense Computer Forensics Laboratory Challenge Coin

“… some of the government departments.” – The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter (GREE)      Our “newest” Sherlockian-themed challenge coin is from the Computer Forensics Laboratory of the Department of Defense. In 1998, the Deputy Secretary of Defense instructed he Air Force create a department to handle digital and multimedia forensics, cyber investigative training, technical solutions… Continue Reading

Arthur Conan Doyle and the Order of the Crown of Italy

Arthur Conan Doyle and the Order of the Crown of Italy

“If you have a fancy to see your name in the next honours list” – The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans (BRUC) In 1898, Arthur Conan Doyle visited Italy with his brother-in-law, E. W, “Willie” Hornung (the novelist who created the gentlemen burglar “Raffles”). During his tour, King Umberto I of Italy conferred the Order… Continue Reading

“Has Anything Escaped Me?” – Sherlockian Miscellaneous

“Has Anything Escaped Me?” – Sherlockian Miscellaneous

“In my profession all sorts of odd knowledge comes useful…” – The Adventure of The Three Garridebs (3GAR) A collection of possible items of interest — Gregory L. Zentz, the 18th Garrideb, has shared with us an online database that provides both numismatic and intrinsic coin values called CoinTrackers. That guy pictured on their logo looks… Continue Reading

NYPD’s Special Investigations Division Major Case Squad Challenge Coin

NYPD’s Special Investigations Division Major Case Squad Challenge Coin

“Brilliant Police Investigation” – The Adventure of the Retired Colourman (RETI) The Major Case Squad of the New York Police Department’s Special Investigation Division has issued a Sherlockian themed challenge coin. OBVERSE: SPECIAL INVESTIGATIONS DIVISION / (silhouette of a right-facing Sherlock Holmes, wearing a deerstalker and holding a magnifying glass, upon a background of the U.S.… Continue Reading