Achieving the status of Master Diver is an accomplishment to which all Coast Guard Divers aspire.
Earning the highest possible rank provided for the diving specialty, Master Divers demonstrate advanced proficiency in every application, including salvage, construction, demolition, maintenance, and ordnance removal. These underwater experts also serve as supervisors for those looking to advance in their assigned specialty, providing technical training and mentorship to promote skill development, enhance operational effectiveness, and build the confidence of their fellow service members.
This coin salutes the outstanding skill and proven leadership of all Master Divers, whose commitment to excellence is an inspiration to the entire Coast Guard operational team. Featured on the obverse is a detailed rendering of the distinctive qualification insignia worn by these individuals. Depicted on the reverse is the tri-color racing stripe found on all Coast Guard aircraft and vessels. Embedded in the design is the official Coast Guard emblem, featuring a disk inscribed with the service's founding date and the shield of the Coat of Arms of the United States, superimposed against a pair of crossed anchors.
Struck in a nickel alloy and gently brushed with an antique finish, this coin is accented with crisp enamel highlights. Each coin comes packaged with a descriptive header card that underscores the unique contributions of the Coast Guard's elite Master Divers.