Possessing advanced skill and proven leadership potential, those elevated to the rank of Petty Officer First Class strengthen the U.S. Coast Guard's ability to meet its mission. Proficient in a wide range of tasks, they serve as a key component in every ship's command, applying their technical expertise to maximize the Navy's operational readiness. Renowned for their sharp decision making skills and practical leadership style, they earn the respect of those in their command and the trust of their superiors, facilitating the efficient completion of critical shipboard tasks. Faithfully executing orders from above, they advance the mission of the U.S. Coast Guard to protect America's shores and defend the nation's interests overseas. This coin salutes the outstanding skill and remarkable dedication of those who have risen to the rank of Petty Officer First Class in the U.S. Coast Guard. The obverse bears the insignia worn by all Petty Officers First Class in the U.S. Coast Guard. The reverse bears the Coast Guard shield. Minted in a nickel alloy and coated with an antique finish, this coin is accented with bright enamel highlights on both sides. Each coin comes packaged with a header card that describes the dedication to duty of all those who have earned the right to be called Petty Officer First Class in the U.S. Coast Guard.