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The Defense Forensic Science Center Challenge Coin

The Defense Forensic Science Center Challenge Coin

“… meeting him occasionally in the laboratory.”

– A Study in Scarlet (STUD)

We have discussed challenge coins, featuring Mickey Mouse in a deerstalker outfit, from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory before in these posts. Four times, as a matter of fact. We now have a fifth challenge coin from the labs, courtesy of the Defense Forensic Science Center.

We learn from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command’s website that:

On November 13, 2013 HQUSACIDC Permanent Order 317-1 redesignated the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory, known as the USACIL, to the Defense Forensic Science Center. The Defense Forensic Science Center’s mission is to provide full-service forensic support (traditional, expeditionary and reachback) to Army and Department of Defense entities worldwide; to provide specialized forensic training and research capabilities; serve as executive agent for DoD Convicted Offender DNA Databasing Program; and to provide forensic support to other federal departments and agencies when appropriate.

The Defense Forensic Science Center, known as the DFSC, is the DoD’s premier forensic center. Located on the Gillem Enclave in Forest Park, Georgia, its subordinate units are the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory (USACIL), the Forensic Exploitation Directorate (FXD) and the Office of Quality Initiatives and Training (OQIT).

This statement helps us to narrow down that these challenge coins would have been manufactured in the last 6 years.

OBVERSE: U.S. ARMY CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION / (image of Mickey Mouse with deerstalker and magnifying glass, superimposed a large footprint, within a circle of footprints) / LABORATORY

REVERSE: ·DEFENSE FORENSIC SCIENCE CENTER · / (seal of the center)

45mm, Round, Enamel

If one were to compare the obverse die of this challenge coin to the other three challenge coins issued by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory, this obverse is slightly different than the previous three challenge coins. The difference is obvious when comparing the footprints around the border of the central design.

We speculated when we reported on the second variety that there was indications there could be multiple challenge coins for the Laboratory and it seems that prediction was sound. It will be interesting to see if any others appear in the near future.

2002 Disneyana Silver Medal Features Sherlock Mickey

2002 Disneyana Silver Medal Features Sherlock Mickey

“I was invited to a week-end gathering” – His Last Bow (LAST) After witnessing the growth and popularity of Disneyana gatherings hosted by outside entities, the Walt Disney Company through its Walt Disney Attractions Merchandise division decided to host its own events for collectors. The first Disneyana Convention was held in the Contemporary Resort Convention Center… Continue Reading

Franklin Mint Ingots Feature the Mary Celeste

Franklin Mint Ingots Feature the Mary Celeste

“… having in tow the derelict brigantine Marie Celeste “ – J. Habakuk Jephson’s Statement  Between 1973 and 1976, the Franklin Mint issued a 50 ingot set featuring the Greatest Sailing Ships of History. There were actually three different sets available for purchase – a large sterling silver set, and two sets of mini-ingots in… Continue Reading

The Unauthorized [and Illicit] Dr. Watson Battle of Maiwand Bar

The Unauthorized [and Illicit] Dr. Watson Battle of Maiwand Bar

“The campaign brought honours and promotion to many, but for me it had nothing but misfortune and disaster.” – A Study in Scarlet (STUD) Facsimile of Dr. John Watson’s 2nd Afghan War Medal With the [at last and about time] Long Overdue Maiwand Bar* For the believer in versimilitude actual 2nd Afghan War Medals may… Continue Reading

Numismatic Rembrances of the 1951 Festival of Britain

Numismatic Rembrances of the 1951 Festival of Britain

“… like lamps at a festival… “ – A Study In Scarlet (STUD) During the summer of 1951, the Festival of Britain was held throughout the United Kingdom, with a major exhibition on the South Bank of the River Thames. Originally conceived as a centennial celebration of the famous 1851 Great Exhibition, the large amount of… Continue Reading

Edgar W. Smith & The 1929 General Motors Export Company Managing Directors’ Conference Medal

Edgar W. Smith & The 1929 General Motors Export Company Managing Directors’ Conference Medal

“… at this conference.” – The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone (MAZA) If there was a Mount Rushmore for the greats of the Baker Street Irregulars, Edgar W. Smith would probably be one of the four chosen to be immortalized. In 1935, Smith would start a correspondence with Vincent Starrett and would learn of the Baker Street… Continue Reading

The 2018 140 Varieties of Tobacco Ash Dinner Medal

The 2018 140 Varieties of Tobacco Ash Dinner Medal

” I have, as you know, devoted some attention to this, and written a little monograph on the ashes of 140 different varieties of pipe, cigar, and cigarette tobacco.” – The Boscombe Valley Mystery (BOSC) The attendees of the 2018 140 Varieties of Tobacco Ash Dinner Violin players. Bicycling enthusiasts. Coin collectors. There are numerous Sherlockian groups out… Continue Reading

NYPD Challenge Coin Features a Sherlockian Mickey Mouse

NYPD Challenge Coin Features a Sherlockian Mickey Mouse

“… a gentle little white mouse …” – The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier (BLAN) We have another Sherlockian themed challenge coin, featuring Mickey Mouse, from the New York Police Department Detectives. We believed these were just manufactured in the past year, as they started to appear in some online auction sites in large numbers, beginning… Continue Reading

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