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Sherlock Holmes Featured on NYPD Challenge Coin

Sherlock Holmes Featured on NYPD Challenge Coin

“There is always the chance of finger-marks or something.”

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NYPD Latent Prints

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 coins to its members offer proof of belonging to the group and to increase morale within that group.  When gathered together, using in an drinking establishment, someone will display their coin and challenge the others to produce theirs. This is called a coin check.  Those that cannot produce their challenge coin will then have to buy a round of drinks for the challenger and all those that produced their coins.  If all members challenged can present their coin, then the challenger has to buy the round of drinks. However, these traditions can vary from group to group.

OBVERSE: LATENT PRINT SECTION / (silhouette of Sherlock Holmes, facing left, with deerstalker cap and pipe, holding a magnifying glass in his right hand, the design mimics a fingerprint) / NYPD

REVERSE: (triangular patch of the New York Police Department) over a background design of a fingerprint

51mm, Round, Nickel Finish, Swirl Edge Cutting

Now, if we could only see Detective Bell and Captain Gregson challenge their fellow officers in a bar scene on an upcoming episode of Elementary

Detective Bell, Joan Watson, Sherlock Holmes and Captain Gregson (L - R)
Detective Bell, Joan Watson, Sherlock Holmes and Captain Gregson (L – R)

UPDATE 2/20/2016 – See our post NYPD Latent Print Section Issues Pink Sherlock Themed Challenge Coin

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