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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

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

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

HolmeWork Assignment: The Imperial Theatre $5 Advertising Note

HolmeWork Assignment: The Imperial Theatre $5 Advertising Note

“We were to go to the theatre.” – The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans (BRUC) In the late 19th and early 20th century, it was somewhat common to see advertisements on what seemed at first glance to be an old Confederate States of America banknote. Our next HolmeWork assignment is one of those examples and was… Continue Reading

Richmond County (NY) District Attorney Investigation Bureau Challenge Coin

Richmond County (NY) District Attorney Investigation Bureau Challenge Coin

“Cross-examined by the clever attorney …” – The Valley of Fear (VALL)       In 2016, the Investigation Bureau of the Richmond County (New York) District Attorney’s office issued a Sherlockian themed challenge coin. Richmond County is all of the borough of Staten Island, so it is a part of New York City. OBVERSE:… Continue Reading

A Second Variety of the Chicago Police Detectives Challenge Coin

A Second Variety of the Chicago Police Detectives Challenge Coin

“I was an officer in Chicago…” – The Valley of Fear (VALL) Two varieties of the Chicago Police Detectives Challenge Coin – the “original” design from circa 2007 on the left and the revised “detailed” design from 2015 on the right Two years ago, we first posted about the Sherlockian themed challenge coin issued by… Continue Reading

The Rathbone & Bruce Personality Dollar Bills

The Rathbone & Bruce Personality Dollar Bills

“… for his bills were all paid in ready money …” – The Adventure of the Five Orange Pipsi (FIVE) Last week, we published our Holmework Assignment for February asking for assistance with the Personality Dollar Bills of Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce that were issued in the 1980’s and 1990’s, Peter E. Blau, the 13th… Continue Reading