Recognizing heroism and courage, the Coast Guard Medal celebrates the valiant spirit of every service member who acts in the face of personal danger while serving with the US Coast Guard. This challenge coin version of the Coast Guard Medal is suitable for display or to be carried as a memento by the recipient or the recipient’s family and comrades-in arms. This coin upholds the significance of the Coast Guard Medal and can even be engraved with the honoree’s name and date of award.
The Coast Guard Medal honors any member of the United States Armed Forces who, while serving in any capacity with the United States Coast Guard, distinguishes themselves by heroism not involving actual conflict with an enemy. The individual must have performed a voluntary act of heroism in the face of great personal danger or of such a magnitude that it stands out distinctly above normal expectations. Gold award stars annotate additional awards of the Coast Guard Medal. The Coast Guard Medal is equivalent to the Soldier's Medal, Airman's Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Medal.
Minted in the USA, this coin is made using special deep-relief coining dies, hand-finished with an antique patina for exceptional quality and detail, enhanced with 24k gold overlay, and then imbued with bold enamel. Die struck out of thicker blanks, this coin will have a substantive feel to it as well. The obverse features the colors of the Coast Guard Medal ribbon and the logo of the United States Coast Guard. The reverse has space available for engraving. The coin comes packaged in a polybag with a header card.