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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

Porcelain Casts of Sherlockian Hobo Nickel Being Auctioned

Porcelain Casts of Sherlockian Hobo Nickel Being Auctioned

“Well, then, spend the next twenty-four hours in an intensive study of Chinese pottery.” – The Adventurous of the Illustrious Client (ILLU) In the upcoming Heritage Auctions session at next month’s Florida United Numismatists convention, there is the following lot being offered for bid: LOT #4897   Group Lot of 8 Modern Hobos, Porcelain Castings…. (Total: 8… Continue Reading

Diogenes Club of Washington, DC Issues Challenge Coin

Diogenes Club of Washington, DC Issues Challenge Coin

“It is for the convenience of these that the Diogenes Club was started …” – The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter (GREE) The Diogenes Club of Washington, DC is one of the newer scions of the Baker Street Irregulars, having been founded just a few months after our own group was formed in 2014. Organized by… Continue Reading

Junior Sherlockian Society Issued Wooden Nickel at 2018 BSI Dinner

Junior Sherlockian Society Issued Wooden Nickel at 2018 BSI Dinner

“It is a little souvenir …” – A Case of Identity (IDEN) We’ve had posts before where we’ve discussed souvenirs being issued for the annual Baker Street Irregulars dinners that are held every January in New York, such as Peter E. Blau’s annual publication or our own group’s souvenir card that was produced this January. This January’s… Continue Reading

A Fascinating New Medal for Collectors (12/27/1987)

A Fascinating New Medal for Collectors (12/27/1987)

“… I should have had a medal …” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) Medal design captures the Holmes mystique. SHERLOCK Holmes, one of the world’s most famous fictional characters, is the subject of an imaginative new medal marking the centennial of his literary birth. The medal was designed by the noted medallic artist, Marika… Continue Reading

A Sherlockian Spinner Token from Cutco

A Sherlockian Spinner Token from Cutco

“… I have been sitting spinning theories with my friend.” – The Valley of Fear (VALL) Spinner tokens are a fascinating avenue of collecting exonumia. These tokens are made to be spun upon a flat service, with an arrow or pointing device. These advertising tokens were, more often than not, used to help determine who would buy… Continue Reading

1987 “The Legend Lives On” Overstruck Cents

1987 “The Legend Lives On” Overstruck Cents

“It mentions the legend in one of these references.” – The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire (SUSS) In 1987, Larry Hall, a machine shop operator in Morgan, Utah, issued a token in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the first appearance of Sherlock Holmes. What makes this token different from other tokens featuring Sherlock Holmes is the metal… Continue Reading