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A NYPD Challenge Coin with Snoopy as Sherlock Hound

A NYPD Challenge Coin with Snoopy as Sherlock Hound

“Mr. Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound!”

– The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN)

   

A new Sherlockian themed challenge coin has recently appeared for sale on some major online auction websites, this time featuring Snoopy dressed as Sherlock Holmes.

This challenge coin, as well as several others recently appearing, feature a Jack Maple challenge coin. Jack Maple became New York City’s Deputy Police Commissioner for Crime Control Strategies in 1994 and developed the COMPSTAT system using computer anaylsis of statistics to track crime. Known as a sharp dresser, Maple was frequently seen wearing a Homburg hat, a bow tie and dress shoes with spats. Maple passed away on August 4, 2001 from colon cancer.

OBVERSE: (portait of Charlie Brown) (portrait of Sally Brown) (portrait of Peppermint Pattie) (portrait of Lucy Van Pelt) / (Snoopy sleeping on top of his doghouse, with Woodstock) / PEANUTS / (engraved three digit serial number)

REVERSE: JACK MAPLE / (A Homburg hat, bow tie & dress shoes with spats) / ( five stars) COMPSTAT 1994 (five stars) / (Sherlock Snoopy, in deerstalker hat and cape with a magnifying glass, with Charlie Brown and Lucy Van Pelt in front of a city backscape that features the former twin towers of the New York World Trade Center and the newer Freedom Tower, with Woodstock flying overhead) / THE CASE OF / THE LOST JACK MAPLE COIN

Irregular (dog’s paw print), 70mm tall by 75mm wide, enamel

The example we have seen has a serial number of 137. We would be interested in hearing of higher serial numbers. These coins were manufactured by Blue Unicorn, LLC.

Snoopy as Sherlock Hounds appear in the below commercial from Met Life in 1987.

This challenge coin, as do many being issued today, also has some issues with it’s design. The Peanuts characters are trademarked. Many challenge coins currently being produced feature characters from Star Wars, Hannah-Barbera cartoons, Marvel and DC Comic, to name a few. All of these are also trademarked and it appears that the rightful trademark holders are not giving approval for the use of their characters. In the next several weeks, we’ll have a post about another Sherlockian numismatic item that had to be withdrawn due to its use of a trademarked item in it’s design.

Welcome IHOSE Episode #128 Listeners

Welcome IHOSE Episode #128 Listeners

“… difficulties caused by his own aversion to publicity.” – The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot (DEVI) We would like to take this opportunity to welcome those of you may have heard about us on Episode 128 of the I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere podcast. Your friendly editor was interviewed by Scott Monty and Burt Wolder… Continue Reading

The Boston Police Detectives Benevolent Society Challenge Coin

The Boston Police Detectives Benevolent Society Challenge Coin

“… the detective police force …” – The Sign of the Four (SIGN)       The Boston Police Detectives Benevolent Society, the group that represents detectives of the Boston police in collective bargaining negotiations, issued this challenge coin in 2015. It is unique among the challenge coins we have discussed to date on our site with… Continue Reading

The BBC Sherlock Challenge Coin by Commissioned Credentials

The BBC Sherlock Challenge Coin by Commissioned Credentials

“… missed me.” – The Adventure of the Dancing Men (DANC)         Commissioned Credentials, a company specializing in making faux credentials for popular movies and television shows, has issued a challenge coin featuring design elements from the BBC television series Sherlock. These challenge coins were first made in 2017. OBVERSE: 221B /… Continue Reading

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… 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

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

NYPD’s Transit Police Sherlockian Themed Challenge Coin

NYPD’s Transit Police Sherlockian Themed Challenge Coin

“… the giant rat of Sumatra, a story for which the world is not yet prepared.” – The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire (SUSS)       We have another challenge coin from the New York Police Department Detective Bureau, this time from the Transit Police division. OBVERSE: CENTRAL ROBBERY / (detective bureau logo superimosed over… Continue Reading