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A Sherlockian Challenge Coin from Afghanistan

A Sherlockian Challenge Coin from Afghanistan

“… You have been in Afghanistan, I perceive.”

– A Study in Scarlet (STUD)

   

We are pleased to report that we now have a FOURTH challenge coin issued by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory. You can read about the other three challenge coins HERE.

The United States Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory, or USACIL, traces its history back to 1943, in the midst of World War II in Europe. The United States Army Criminal Investigation Command, or CID, was created in 1971 and oversees the operations of the Criminal Investigation Laboratory.

In addition to the original lab in Europe, additional laboratories were established in the Philippines (later moved to Tokyo) and Fort Sam Houston in Texas. A laboratory was also established in Long Binh, during the Vietnam War. The Fort Sam Houston operation was moved to Fort Gordon, Georgia in 1948 and then to nearby Fort Gillem, Georgia in 1983 where it has remained since. During the 1990s, the labs in Europe and Tokyo were closed, and all operations were consolidated in Fort Gillem. A full history of the USACIL can be found HERE.

During World War II, Disney studio animators drew up more than 1,200 humorous insignia for various units of the U.S. military. Many of these designs featured Disney characters quite prominently.

OBVERSE: U.S. ARMY CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION / LATENT PRINTS · DOCUMENTS · DNA · FIREARMS & TOOL MARKS · CHEMICAL · TRACE · DIGITAL · / (image of Mickey Mouse with deerstalker and magnifying glass, superimposed a large footprint, within a circle of footprints) / AFGHANISTAN / LABORATORY

REVERSE: JOINT EXPEDITIONARY FORENSIC FACILITIES / MAJ. BROWN / (flags of the United States and Afghanistan superimposed over an outline of Afghanistan, two helicopters in flight superimposed over a fingerprint image) / (chemical beaker) DIRECTOR (symbol)

38mm, 30 pointed star-shaped, enamel

Your editor has seen one example of this challenge coin on a online auction service’s website and that specimen sold for over $200.

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

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

“… downstairs in my laboratory …” – The Adventure of the Resident Patient (RESI) Back in March of 2017, we reported on a second variety of a challenge coin for the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory. We now have a THIRD variety to report. It is virtually identical to the one we reported on in March… Continue Reading

The 2019 Junior Sherlockian Society Wooden Nickel

The 2019 Junior Sherlockian Society Wooden Nickel

“It is a little souvenir …” – A Case of Identity (IDEN) It wasn’t all that long ago that we wrote a post about the wooden nickels given out by the Junior Sherlockian Society at the 2018 BSI Annual Dinner. This January’s dinner featured another wooden nickel produced by the Junior Sherlockian Society. Sponsored by the Beacon Society, a scion… Continue Reading

TFG To Hold Numismatic Friends of Sherlock Holmes Dinner in Pittsburgh on March 29

TFG To Hold Numismatic Friends of Sherlock Holmes Dinner in Pittsburgh on March 29

“… had partaken of an excellent dinner.” – The Valley of Fear (VALL) The American Numismatic Association is bringing its National Money Show to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in late March. The Fourth Garrideb will also be in Pittsburgh and will hold its Numismatic Friends of Sherlock Holmes Dinner on Friday, March 29, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. The Sharp… Continue Reading

Oral History interview with Marika Somogyi (1996)

Oral History interview with Marika Somogyi (1996)

“… like all great artists…” – The Adventure of Black Peter (BLAC) We have had many posts here previously about Marika Somogyi, the sculptor of the 1987 art medal of Sherlock Holmes. On August 28, 1996, Somogyi sat for this video interview with the Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma… Continue Reading

The 2007 Cook Islands Sign of the Four Coin

The 2007 Cook Islands Sign of the Four Coin

” He handed them a shilling each…” – The Sign of the Four (SIGN)       In 2007, the Cook Islands contracted with the Perth Mint of Australia to produce a set of four 1 ounce .999 silver $2 coins.  All four coins featured color vignettes from the 1979 – 1986 Soviet television productions of The Adventures of… Continue Reading