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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 In the next several weeks, we’ll have a post about another Sherlockian numismatic item that had to be withdrawn due to its use of a trademarked item in it’s design.

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

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

A Second Challenge Coin for NYPD’s Sgt. Buddy Murnane

A Second Challenge Coin for NYPD’s Sgt. Buddy Murnane

” … a promising detective …” – The Adventure of The Golden Pince-Nez (GOLD) Back in November 2015, we reported on a challenge coin that was issued to honor Sgt. Buddy Murnane of the New York Police Department. Murnane passed away from a heart attack in March 2015, a month shy of his mandatory retirement. He had… Continue Reading

NYPD Latent Print Section Issues Pink Sherlock Themed Challenge Coin

NYPD Latent Print Section Issues Pink Sherlock Themed Challenge Coin

“There is always the chance of finger-marks or something.” – The Adventure of the Three Gables (3GAB) The Latent Print Section of New York’s Police Department has issued a second challenge coin featuring Sherlock Holmes.  In early 2015, they issued their first challenge coin that had a white background.  The second challenge coin, issued in… Continue Reading

Sgt. Buddy Murnane’s Sherlock Holmes Themed Challenge Coin

Sgt. Buddy Murnane’s Sherlock Holmes Themed Challenge Coin

” … a promising detective …” – The Adventure of The Golden Pince-Nez (GOLD) On March 15, 2015, Sergeant Francis “Buddy” Murnane passed away from an apparent heart attack. Murnane, a NYPD officer since 1973, was the New York Police Department’s longest serving officer and had never taken a sick day during his career.  He was a… Continue Reading

Two Sherlockian Themed Challenge Coins From NYPD’s Missing Persons Squad

Two Sherlockian Themed Challenge Coins From NYPD’s Missing Persons Squad

“… it is, indeed, the missing man.” – The Man With The Twisted Lip (TWIS) The number of police departments and related agencies that are issuing challenge coins with Sherlock Holmes themes continue to grow. In fact, while this post was being written, we literally had to “stop the presses” as we learned of a second challenge… Continue Reading

NYPD Arson & Explosion Squad Issue Sherlockian Themed Challenge Coin

NYPD Arson & Explosion Squad Issue Sherlockian Themed Challenge Coin

“… before the shattering roar of the explosion…” – The Valley of Fear (VALL) Earlier this year, the Arson & Explosion Squad of the Special Investigations Division of the New York Police Department issued a challenge coin that features a silhouette of Sherlock Holmes. OBVERSE: (star) SPECIAL INVESTIGATIONS DIVISION (star) / N.Y.P.D. / (3 stars) /… Continue Reading

Sherlock Holmes Featured on NYPD Challenge Coin

Sherlock Holmes Featured on NYPD Challenge Coin

“There is always the chance of finger-marks or something.” – The Adventure of the Three Gables (3GAB) The Latent Print Section of New York’s Police Department issued a challenge coin featuring Sherlock Holmes in early 2015. For those not familiar with the concept of a challenge coin, it works like this.  Traditionally, groups issued these… Continue Reading