Navy Challenge Coins has been a central part of the US Navy for decades because they bring history and heritage in a metallic message in con form. The United States Navy and its Sailors have been creating and collecting coins for more than several decades. The level of complexity has clearly changed over this time. The style, metal types, detail and the nature of the metals has changed as has the level of collecting that has come with it. These US Navy Rate Coins Crafted For United States Sailors were designed by Vision-Strike-Coins.Com for US Navy Sailors both active duty, US Navy Veterans and Prior Service. They expect the best and that is why these coins have become so popular among their ranks.
US Navy Hospital Corpsman Coin
One of the earliest US Navy coins created by Vision-Strike-Coins.Com that gained tremendous popularity due to its detail, size and thickness measuring in at 4mm which was at the time far thicker a coin than many would have felt normal but was later received as exceptional and became the standard in the military coin industry. Dual metal types with antique gold and silver and red hand painted accents make these US Navy Corpsman coins among the best in the industry. 2 inches in diameter with different military art displayed on each side with Side A displaying the Navy Corpsman Text and Corpsman birthday of June 17th, 1898. Side B has the similar skull, crossed syringes and medical caduceus and words Devil Doc showing the nature of the FMF Corpsman as well. This is a limited edition military coin that was created for the United States Navy.
When it comes to challenge coins for the different branches of the United States Military one needs to experience Military Challenge Coins at Their Finest! This isn’t just a statement thrown out there and hope it sticks to whatever it grabs onto. It has to mean something because the challenge coin represents a military unit, its military Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen. It means the US military and furthermore it means America and its military history and heritage.
In the service to the US military a coin must raise to the expectation of its military and its Veterans. It has to be detailed, convey a unique message in both written but also graphic form and it must be produced to the level of quality that the US military demands. This does not mean a cheap 2 dimension coin that some garage shop throws together (and there are plenty of them out there) but must be designed and thought through. It can’t be cheap because that sets the expectations of something that is produced with less professionalism than it deserves.
The coin design an craftsmanship of Vision-Strike-Coins and Vision-Strike-Wear.Com surpasses the fly-by-night garage operation that really must go. It sets the bar at a level attainable for those with the commitment of designing and producing only the finest in military challenge coins.
Some military coins can and do make a difference when it comes to heritage, history, a way of life for so many for so many years and preserving that memory in a challenge coin shadowbox or part of a military coin collections is often what people do.
The United States Marine Corps and its US Marines are riflemen first and second they are trained in a variety of roles and hold job titles that are accompanied with MOSs (Military Occupation Specialties). Many of these USMC MOSs have been developed into coins by Vision-Strike-Wear.Com like this USMC 0313 LAV Crewman Marine Corps MOS Coin. This USMC MOS coin is 2 inches, comes complete with silver and gold metallic accents, laser engraved for authenticity, cut to a 3d relief, designed with a number of the weapons associated with a Marine LAV.
The USMC packs heavy armor too in the form of M1A1 Abrams. In fact 3 active duty USMC Battalions and 1 Reserve USMC Tank Battalions round out the very capable punch and power of armor. This USMC 1812 Tank Crewman Marine Corps MOS Coin was specifically designed for those US Marines that work as a close team inside these main battle tanks known as the Abrams.
This Army 75th Ranger coin “Leads The Way” is one example of the type of coin that Army Rangers collect and hold onto for years to come often beyond their years while in service. Asked to produce this Army Ranger coin it was both an honor and a pleasure to do so.
A SERE coin for those that went through this hellish course and lived to never talk about it. A purple unit designed to give our men and women of the military a fighting chance should they be caught while fighting the enemy. One side with blindfold representing the captured soldier and the reverse with blindfold removed representing the escape and the culmination of what SERE training represents.
Side A represents the captured state of the SERE trainee while Side B (displayed below) illustrates the one eye open and escape which is at the heart of SERE training.
Some of the newest coins to hit the line have arrived at Vision-Strike-Wear.Com beginning with the recent introduction of the Naval Intelligence coin with motto IN God We Trust All Others We Monitor a long standing tradition within the naval intel community.
The United States Army has had a long and courageous history of defending America, bringing highly trained Soldiers and equipment to distant parts of the world. The US Army has deployed some of the fiercest Divisions to places all over the world to help remove dictators and establish peace wherever they have been asked to deploy. Three such US Army Divisions, the 1st Armored Division (Old Ironsides), the 2nd Armored Division (Hell On Wheels) and the US Army 3rd Armored Division (Spearhead) are such Divisions. In honor of their upcoming birthday, July 15th, these highly awarded and honored Armored Divisions have had some of the finest Army Armor Division coins produced in their honor.
Each of these tough and highly detailed US Army Armored Division coins features the intense look of a tanker with helmet, boom stick, rounds of ammo, crossed tank shells and the infamous Death Before Dismount associated with US Army armor.
US Navy Rate Challenge Coins
Why not a military bottle opener?
When the US navy inquired with Vision-Strike-wear.Com they did so because they knew they wanted the kind of detail and craftsmanship that VSW delivers. The US Navy Jolly Roger bottle opener was a perfect example of the detailed work that VSW puts into each of its bottle openers and military challenge coins.
A perfect example of the kind of quality in both design and craftsmanship when it comes to a US Navy Rate coin is this Information Systems Technician Coin built for the IS Rate and those USN Sailors that are proud to hold this rate.
USMC Drill Instructor coin? You bet. MOS 8511 Salty Edition. At the request of the saltier US Marine Drill Instructors it ws an honor to produce this USMC challenge coin in such a way that the the MOS 8511 was displayed as it should be along with the EGA smokey the bear, skull and teeth bared. This highly decorative and detailed coin was produced with the most attention to detail and professionalism and it was an honor for us to produce them.
2017 marks the anniversary of military working dogs. These dogs have gone to war since 1941 in virtually every branch of the US Military. Some have made it home while many have not leaving heir partners just as grieved as any soldier lost in combat. For those that have been reunited it is one of the happiest moments of both of their lives as old soldiers see each other again having been separated by great distances. This is a coin personally created for them and out of respect for the, The K- teams of the US military are honored with this K-9 75th Anniversary Magnum Coin!
Semper Paratus! The US Coast Guard has an awesome responsibility patrolling, guarding and enforcing the oceans off the US Coast line, its waterways and its harbors. The USCG has a long and very proud tradition and it is in this vein that we created this USCG Never Retired Semper Paratus coin for them.
When a new military challenge coin company comes into being it is worth noting and sharing this information among military coin collectors and those who are looking to add to their military coin collection, their shadowbox, to offer a gift or coin exchange or something to simply just enjoy and remember their time in the service. Whether as a US Army soldier, A US Marine, A US Navy sailor, A US Air Force airmen or a US Coast Guard coastie there is always a delight when it comes to collecting coins.
They mean something. They have value. They help all of us to remember the bond we had with our brothers and sisters in the military while serving in the defense of the United States. It spans time and it brings our military together.
Vision-Strike-Coins.Com is a young business that for many years was associated with the military artwork of Vision-Strike-Wear.Com and it highly detailed military graphics seen on military clothing and apparel, military decals and stickers, plaques and other highly sought after military collectibles.
Never forget the US Coast Guard! Ever. At Vision-Strike-Wear.Com every military branch is treated with respect. The United States coast Guard receives the same highly detailed and original artwork that the other military branches experience. The latest coin from VSC, USCG Ask The Chief has that certifiable original look and feel. Another great coin to add to your personal collection or exchanged. A USCG coin that makes the perfect part of your military coin collection.
Since May 18th, 1920 the US Coast Guard has been asking the Chief!
USAF TACP Coin. When it comes to the newest military coins for the United States Air Force then the TACP (Tactical Air Control Party Coin) is perfect. Designed for the highly specialized and highly trained USAF Airman these battlefield surgeons that call in the close air support and eradicate the enemy.
The USCG Cutters of the United States Coast Guard perform an amazing amount of different roles and missions from drug interdiction to search and rescue. Tasked with the patrol and security of the United States coastlines the USCG is always prepared to do what it is tasked to do. The USCG Cutters from East coast to West coast are honored with this USCG Cutter coin produced for them
United States Army Staff Sergeant Coin
A coin design with the look and feel of what a truly designed E-6 military coin should look like. Highly detailed 3d graphics constructed in a 4mm thick coin that creates an added depth for the kind of etching and cuts needed to construct the finest in military coins.
Who said US Naval Coins couldn’t be kick ass? No one.
The Sea Is Ours Coin!
2 inches of all US Naval Coin crafted from the original art and design of Vision-Strike-Coins.Com. Originality must exist for a coin to be well received by US Navy Sailors. As a country it has been long established that our distance from other countries and the seas that divide us has always protected us. But that protection cannot exist unless America has the ability to defend her coasts, the sea lanes, fighting piracy wherever and whenever, rushing to an ally or fighting above below and on the sea. This is why the United States Navy must control the sea. The Sea Is Ours!
From design to mold to construction and onto shipping the jouney a US Navy coin takes is not as easy as one would image. First it begins with incredible art. It has to. In order for the military coin to really sizzle it needs to first have the kind of design and art that will produce a first class coin. How does this heppen? Mainly its originality and then talent. You can have the best ideas in the world but you have to be able to transalate that coin design into something magical and that means understanding the metals and construction needed to produce the kind of detail that a coin requires. There can be the mediocre out there and for some that search for price only anything will do. Then there are the US Navy commands that know that while a military shirt can cost upwards of a year at best the military coin for the United states Navy can and will last a lifetime and for far less than a naval tee.
So in the end a US Navy coin can and will always be great if the talent, inspiration and originality are there. With Vision-Strike-Coins.Com it is!
The First To Lead coin for the US Navy is one example of the kind of detail and 3D elements that make up this exciting coin. Its original. Its copyrighted and it was made out of love and respect for the US Navy!
With the recent announcement of military coins, Vision-Strike-Coins.Com has taken these cutting edge military designs and transformed them into some of the most detailed and well recognized military coins in the marketplace. Displayed below are just some of the many US Navy coins, Army coins, Marine Coins, Air Force coins and Coast Guard coins recently released that are already being spoken about across America. Each with its own story and love for our military. Look for many more coins to be created over the next year as these new generation coins are minted and created for you.
Navy 1st Class Petty Officer Coins ~A Murder Of Crows!
A USN 1st Class Petty Officer coins for the E-6’s of the United States Navy. This design features the Navy crow perched on the chevrons of the enlisted 1st Class PO. The US Navy sailors call the eagle found on their rank sleeve a crow and in this US Navy tradition we created this US Navy Crow coin for them.
December is the birthday month of the United States Army National Guard: The oldest of the military services. Out of respect to the US Army National Guard the coin artisans at Vision-Strike-Wear.Com developed two different coins in their honor.
US Army National Guard ~ Always Ready. Always There
Founded on the roots of this country is its minutemen. The citizen soldier that grabbed his rifle, powder and rushed off in a minute to fight the enemy that was not an ocean away but right in his very own backyard. The American minuteman! This National Guard coin was designed by lead military artist, Frost Call, in honor of the men and women of the US Army National Guard.
The men of the United States Army and Army National Guard to their testament and incredible bravery spanning the history of the UNited States had this coin created out of respect and honor to them. The 11 Bravo military coin.
The US Flag, crossed M4 rifles, 5.56mm ammunition, stars, boonie cap and the skull with grenade pin its mouth a favorite among infantryman!
Out of respect to all military branches of the United States, Vision-Strike-Coins.Com has also created from their original designs creative and unique military coins many of which are displayed below.
From the jaws of a US Navy Amphibious ship comes the most dangerour and terrifying warriors. They come from over the horizon on their landing craft, the hovercraft, the LCACS and their desitnation the beaches of dome distant land Like the Marines of the 2nd World War during the island hopping campaigncs of the South Pacific against their then nemesis, the Enpire Of Japan, the Gator Navy unleashed hell upon coastlines and beaches and knocked back the enemy. Today the US Navy Gator Navy is still alive and well and doing the same thing by providing Marine assualt forces the equipment, sailors and drive to take any beach head and deliver hell upon any coastal defense or enemy. They are the amphibians of the US Navy. They are the Gator Navy!
Since Oct 13, 1775 America has defended hersefl on the oceans and seas of the world. The Gator Navy recognized for the ships and men it has at its disposal fights and transports amphibious elements of both the US Navy and US Marine Corps to the beaches and coastal hot spots around the world. In the event of disaster relief and bringing much needed supplies to countries across the globe the US Gator Navy is there. This Gator Navy coin was created in honor of these men and women that serve with distinction in the US Navy!
Nothing gives us more pleasure than to design, create, and support military organizations all over the United States. We have been honored most recently by the USS Duluth Crewmember’s Association to have designed for their membership a coin with the crest of their beloved ship, the USS Duluth, for their dues paying members. A coin that will be carried with pride, carrying a professional look and association with their nautical heritage as an amphibious United States Navy sea going warship.
So who is the USS Duluth? Who was she? The USS Duluth Assocation website located at http://www.ussduluth.org/ helps explain this.
USS Duluth (LPD-6), an Austin-class amphibious transport dock, is the second ship of the United States Navy named for the city in Minnesota.
Duluth was laid down on 18 December 1963 by the New York Naval Shipyard. She was launched on 14 August 1965 and commissioned on 18 December 1965. She was the last ship to be launched from the Brooklyn Navy Yard before it was closed. (Reference: ussduluth.org)
So with that said as the amazing amphibian she was it made only sense to design a coin with a Navy Gator on it. Something mean and nasty, aggressive, detailed and designed with a gator in plain view. The coin request was for a 2 inch coin and they the association wanted something think that would feel heavy and substantial like a 4mm thick coin is recognized for. The result was overwhelmingly positive. So much so that this coin had to be reordered very quickly due to its popularity. More just arrived the other day.
For more information about the USS Duluth Crewmember’s Assocaition please visit them at USS Duluth LPD-6!
February is National Military Coin month, aka the month of Cha Ching and Vision-Strike-Coins.Com is at the forefront of military design and manufacturing of the newest in military coins and manufacturing. So when the statement Got Coins is sounded across the land be sure to know that National Military Coin month should ring loud and clear like that favorite coin you slam down on the bar when challenge is made!
Having the most kick ass coin in the room can and does happen frequently and the design and the quality of the military coin makes all the difference. 2D coins are largely hitting the bricks. Why? Because they often look about as cheap as a rat bitten hand I down towel twice sold at 3 garage sales. The kind of thing that you never wished you had bought in the first place. It’s a pariah. A sad testimony to challenge coins. Then there are the photo coins. Just when you thought it couldn’t get much worse you see a spectacular design covered in epoxy. Is it a metal coin or is it plastic? It’s both! If you bought a photo coin challenge coin we would like to invite you to the photo coin hotline at 1-800-I-Got-Taken cause what you have is a sad version of greatness three times removed but we digress and yes there is hope!
So where does that leave us at the advent of National Coin Month aka Got Coin Month? #gotcoins it leaves you looking for new designs and styles for the military branch you are or were part or maybe a rank coin or possibly a unit coin. All good. All great. So take a swim around the internet and you will quickly learn that of all the coin guys out there really are only two that specialize in cool coins and originality. Vision-Strike-Coins.Com and Northwest Territorial Mint. Each produces quality and each has its own style, look, flair and great quality. You cannot go wrong with either company.
In preparation of National Military Coin Month we focus on several top-of-the-line military coins as an illustration of how the military coin market is changing with higher quality coins that are made to demanding requirements. Now is the time for quality and not the 2nd hand cheap looking coin of yester year. So let’s talk Popeye!
Popeye! Don’t Mess With The US. Popular to say the least.. Who doesn’t love this American icon and when the US threatended even Popeye stands the watch!
The United States Navy SAR coin. Search and Rescue Swimmer. So Others May Live has been one of the msot exciting coins to be developed at Vision-Strike-Coins.Com. At 2 inches and 4mm this is a top performing coin due to its detail and overall appeal. Bearing the original art of VSC it can be easily seen as a popular military coin due to its originality and connection tot hese dedicated men that serve to save the lives of others.
Check out the live version of this US Navy SAR coin.
EOD! Explosive Ordnance Disposal Coin
You have got to have Nerves Of Steel to operate in the vacinity of high explosives. Whether involved in road clearing and the removal of IEDs, exploding mine fields, disarming the numerous ways an enemy can create a frightning array of improvised exposive devives the EOD specialists in the US militayr are trained operators and good at what they do. This EOD coin was created in their honor displaying the EOD Crab, technolofy display in the text EOD, a skull which symbolizes life and death which stands in the balance when these operators are at work and the Nerves of Steel slogan which signifies the focus and mental aptitude it takes to be an EOD tech.
How about a US Marine Corps Bulldog? One cannot think of separating the concept of a United States Marine with a Devil Dog or an English bulldog for that matter. So with that said Vision-Strike-Coins.Com set out to create what easily be argued has become the msot popular coin in its arsenal of US military challenge coins. This USMC bulldog coin has even been purchased from us from Sgt Grit a world recognized and wonderful company specializing in US Marine products and services. We were proud to offer it to them.
As popular as this US Marine Bulldog coin has become the artist of this design Frost Call put a small video together showing how detailed and special this USMC coins is.
Warheafs on foreheads? The IYAOYAS communit of the US Military knows a great looking coin when they see one and no better than to have aa Grim Reaper with Scythe coming out of an exploding bomb which is highly iconic for the red shirts of the United States Military.