Since the birth of our country, America’s military has defended our freedoms unflinchingly, with grit and guts, whatever the cost. And there is no better proclamation of that fearless readiness than the words “Don’t Tread on Me,” exemplified by the American rattlesnake coiled and ready to strike.
Partnered with the deadly rattlesnake, the warning first rang out on the flags of the U.S. Continental Navy ships in 1775. Originally designed by General Gadsden during the Revolutionary War, the “Gadsden Flag” is still used today as a symbol of America’s fight and fortitude for all Americans – those in the Coast Guard and those who are civilians. The imagery and threat epitomizes U.S. guardians of liberty who will strike quickly and fearlessly at those who threaten our borders.
Minted in the USA from special deep-relief coining dies, struck from solid bronze, and hand-finished with an antique patina for exceptional quality and detail, this challenge coin pays tribute to the U.S. Coast Guard and all those who embody the “Don’t Tread on Me” motto. The reverse displays an impressively detailed Coast Guard insignia. The obverse is alive with the coiled American rattlesnake, spotlighted by a brilliantly enameled American flag and the eternal words “Don’t Tread on Me.”