Department of Defense Bronze Antique Coin

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Charged with the awesome responsibility of supporting the world's largest and most technologically advanced fighting force, the Department of Defense was created in 1949.

The Department of Defense is America's largest employer, supporting 1.4 million active-duty soldiers, 1.2 million Guard and Reserve personnel, 2 million military retirees and their families and 654, 000 civilian employees. Headquartered at the Pentagon, it operates from more than 6,000 locations worldwide. The Defense Department, under the leadership of the President and Commander-in-Chief, exercises day-to-day control over the U.S. Armed Forces and oversees all American military operations from conception to completion.

This coin is dedicated to the military and civilian members of the Department of Defense who enable that organization to meet its mission to protect and defend Americans at home and abroad. The obverse features the official seal of the Department of Defense, which contains an American Bald Eagle with wings oustretched. Bordered by a classic wreath design, the reverse contains a space for engraving.

Minted in a brass alloy, this coin is finished in antique bronze. Each coin comes packaged with a detailed header card that describes the mission and history of the Department of Defense.