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.
What is the The Great Seal Of The United States and what does it mean and why did these particular elements form the icon of the United States? These questions and the time, resources are insight into how such an important part of United States history was created at the founding of our country and how ideas and icons were developed to tell a message of the USA.
What Are The Two Sides To the Great Seal Of The United States?
The Great Seal of the United States is used to authenticate and confirm the authenticity of certain documents issued by the U.S. federal government. The phrase “Great Seal Of the United States” is used both for the physical seal itself (which is kept by the U.S. Secretary of State), and more generally for the design and image upon it. The Great Seal was first used publicly in 1782.
The obverse or reverse side of the of the Great Seal is used as the national Coat Of Arms of the United States. It is officially used on documents such as United States passports, military insignia, embassy placards, and various flags. As a coat of arms, the design has official colors; the physical Great Seal itself, as affixed to paper, is monochrome.
What Is The Symbolism Behind The Great Seal Of The United States?
The design on the obverse (or front) of the seal is the coat of arms of the United States. The American shield, often thought of whenever the American Bald Eagle is seen, frequently drawn incorrectly, has two primary differences from the USA flag. First, it has no stars on the blue chief (though other arms based on often do: the chief of the arms of the United States Senate often shows 13 or even 50, and the shield of the 9/11 Commission has, sometimes, 50 mullets on the chief). Second, unlike the American flag, the outermost stripes are white, not red; so as not to violate the heraldicrule of tincture. Often overlooked this still stands as a significant different between the two
The supporter of the shield is a bald eagle with its wings outstretched (or “displayed”, in heraldic terms). From the eagle’s perspective, it holds a bundle of 13 arrows in its left talon (referring to the 13 original American states), and an olive branch in its right talon, together symbolizing that the United States has “a strong desire for peace, but will always be ready for war.”. Although not specified by law, the olive branch is usually depicted with 13 leaves and 13 olives, again representing the 13 original states. The eagle has its head turned towards the olive branch, on its right side, said to symbolize a preference for peace. In the Eagle’s beak, the eagle clutches a scroll with the motto E pluribus unum(“Out of Many, One”). This Latin term is the motto for the United States and clearly signifies the unification of the United States and its desire for independence from Britain.
Over the Eagle’s head there appears a “glory” with 13 mullets (stars) on a blue field. In the current (and several previous) dies of the great seal, the 13 stars above the eagle are arranged in rows of 1-4-3-4-1, forming a six-pointed star.
It Happened in 1782!
The 1782 resolution of Congress adopting the arms, still in force, legally blazoned the shield as “Paleways of 13 pieces, argent and gules; a chief, azure.” As the designers recognized, this is a technically incorrect blazon under traditional English heraldic rules, since in English practice a vertically striped shield would be described as “paly”, not “paleways”, and it would not have had an odd number of stripes. A more technically proper blazon would have been argent, six pallets gules… (six red stripes on a white field), but the phrase used was chosen to preserve the reference to the 13 original states.
The Coat Of Arms Of the United States and What Does It Mean? It’s a Pyramid!
The 1782 Congress resolution adopting the seal blazons the image on the reverse as “A pyramid unfinished. In the zenith an eye in a triangle, the all seeing eye, surrounded by a glory, proper.” The pyramid is conventionally shown as consisting of 13 layers (or stacks as it is built from its base to its pinnacle) to refer to the 13 original states. The adopting resolution provides that it is inscribed on its base with the date MDCCLXXVI (1776, the year of the United States Declaration of Independence) in Roman numerals. Where the top of the pyramid should be, the Eye of Providence watches over it. Two mottos appear: Annuit cœptis signifies that Providence has “approved of (our) undertakings.”Novus ordo seclorum, freely taken from Virgil, is Latin for “a new order of the ages.” The reverse has never been cut (as a seal) but appears, for example, on the back of the one-dollar bill where it is most commonly seen.
The primary official explanation of the symbolism of the great seal was given by Charles Thomson upon presenting the final design for adoption by Congress. He wrote:
The Escutcheon is composed of the chief & pale, the two most honorable ordinaries. The Pieces, paly, represent the several states all joined in one solid compact entire, supporting a Chief, which unites the whole & represents Congress. The Motto alludes to this union. The pales in the arms are kept closely united by the chief and the Chief depends upon that union & the strength resulting from it for its support, to denote the Confederacy of the United States of America & the preservation of their union through Congress.
The colours of the pales are those used in the flag of the United States of America; White signifies purity and innocence, Red, hardiness & valor, and Blue, the colour of the Chief signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice. The Olive branch and arrows denote the power of peace & war which is exclusively vested in Congress. The Constellation denotes a new State taking its place and rank among other sovereign powers. The Escutcheon is born on the breast of an American Eagle without any other supporters to denote that the United States of America ought to rely on their own Virtue.
Reverse. The pyramid signifies Strength and Duration: The Eye over it & the Motto allude to the many signal interpositions of providence in favour of the American cause. The date underneath is that of the Declaration of Independence and the words under it signify the beginning of the new American Æra, which commences from that date. (Source – Charles Thomson)
Symbolism of items numbering thirteen.
Thirteen is the central number that is found throughout the Great Seal Of the United States as well as the USA Coast Of Arms. The official description of the seal states that there should be thirteen stars in the “glory” above the eagle’s head, thirteen stripes on the shield, and thirteen arrows in the eagle’s talon. The initial description of the reverse specified thirteen levels to the pyramid, and though the number was left out of the final version, all depictions typically still show thirteen levels. Also by custom, since 1885 there are thirteen leaves and thirteen olives on the olive branch. The fact that there are thirteen letters in two of the mottos (“e pluribus unum” and “annuit cœptis”) seems to be coincidental (and depends on whether one considers the ligature “œ” to be one letter or two).
These are the only preliminary drawings
of the final design for the Great Seal:
Sketches by Charles Thomson (June 1782) and William Barton (May 1782)
After these were drawn, a few revisions were made:
• The Eagle’s shield was given vertical red & white stripes.
• New Latin mottoes were chosen for the pyramid side.
• A triangle was placed around the eye of providence.
• MDCCLXXVI (1776) was placed beneath the pyramid.
But no new drawings were made. No artwork was submitted to nor approved by Congress.
Illustrations of a seal are called “realizations.”
Here are the U.S. Department of State’s current realizations:
(Source – Great Seal Overview)
The rich symbology, its connection with the 13 original American States, its desire for independence constructed at a time when the country was new, has made the Great Seal Of the United States one of the most important images of the United States. The Great Seal of the United States, its reverse side, its Coat Of Arms, is incredible insight into what has made America great, solid, unified and a country who preserves its freedoms and helps other countries to maintain theirs. These icons of American history continues to be preserved and reproduced whether on challenge coins like the ones displayed below or in some other form.
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.
Small Arms Repairer MOS 2111 Coin Unleashed At Vision-Strike-Wear.Com Today
USMC MOS Coins Bark At The Competition because of their bad ass tendencies and nature! The USMC is the best and they deserve the best and whether its an 0311 Grunt, a USMC Drill Instructor, Machine Gunner, Scout Sniper, United States Marine Recruiter, Combat Engineer, Artilleryman, Mortarman Infantry Assaultman and Small Arms Repairman the jobs of the USMC are built on teamwork, pride and the the overriding desire to be the best. They have the warrior spirit embedded in each US Marine and their drive and demanding of the best in others and especially of themselves is why they succeed in all things.
Keeping weapons up to date and fully repaired is a key job in any branch of the military, and in the Marines, a big part of this responsibility falls to the small arms repairer/technician. It’s an enlisted job with some specific requirements to be eligible.
The general military definition of small arms, which are somewhat different than light weapons, refers to those weapons that can be used by a single person.
They include handguns, light automatic weapons (which include some machine guns), portable rocket launchers, rifle- and shoulder-fired grenade launchers and other shoulder-fired weapons. For the most part, small arms are considered portable, and can be fired without a tripod or special mount. They may be used in civil disturbances as well as combat, and can be stolen more easily than light or heavy arms.
The job ofsmall arms repairer/technician in the grade of Private through Lance Corporal, involves small arms maintenance and repair, inspection procedures, and armory procedures. He or she performs inspections of all small arms, with the exception of vehicular mounted weapons. The small arms repairer/technician also completes basic shop administrative forms and records.
At the Corporal through Gunnery Sergeant level the small arms repairer/technician performs, trains, and supervises inspection, maintenance, and repair of all small arms, to include vehicular mounted small arms. (Source – The Balance.Com)
Custom US Navy Military Shirts Cross The Globe At Vision-Strike-Wear.Com At Vision-Strike-Wear.Com and its an every day thing. The custom military United States Navy shirts originally designed and printed at Vision-Strike-Wear have gone from Pearl Harbor to Norfolk Naval Shipyard, ATG Mayport and Jacksonville to Groton, Connecticut, New York Nuclear Training facilities to Subic Bay, Sasebo and Atsugi, Japan have travelled the world on US Navy destroyers, cruisers, submarines, aircraft carriers, amphibs, small boys and big boys alike and have graced the backs of US Navy Sailors from Seaman to Master Chiefs. Annapolis to Great Lakes and every major A School in the US Navy has enjoyed the morale building naval tees created by VSW and it has been an amazing journey for all.
US Navy Shellback designs, VBSS Teams, JEA, SCPOA, FCPOA and CPOAs, aka the Goat Lockers where the backbone of the United States Navy resides, The Chiefs, have had custom US Navy shirts created for them by Vision-Strike-Wear.Com with each new design bringing originality, flair, morale, creativity and overall kick ass unique US Navy designs to be enjoyed by US Navy Sailors the world over. If you are interested in having a design created please contact us at Custom US Navy shirts.
A custom US Navy shirt design created for the CPO 365 program at the USN Hospital located in Rota Spain.
Then came the phone call from Naval Submarine Base New London and the Sailors of the United States Navy. Give us a submarine, Kraken with dixie cup and strong tentacles hugging the submarine, make it black and white and make it cool. We responded!
Something Wicked This Way Comes! An opportunity to produce a wonderful design for VAQ-134!
The EA-6B is to be replaced by the EA-18G in early 2015, and the last deployment with the EA-6B was on USS George H.W. Bush in 2014.
A custom Navy shirt designed for VX-20 The Backbone of the US Navy!
There are some incredible US Squadrons like VQ-4 The Shadows. The Shadows borrowed from the 20 and 30s along with their E-6B aircraft and a whole lot of detail and color thrown in made this a wonderful custom US Navy shirt to create for them.
The USS Topeka SSN-754 called VSW and asked for a design that had their amazing warship, the Capitol of Kansas, Topeka and its state building, US Navy Officer’s Crest, Enlisted Rates, and Motto “Defenders Of The Heartland” created for their ship.
The Second Class Petty Officers Association aboard the USS Fort McHenry requested and amphibious design featuring an alligator, anchors, Eagle and chevrons and got it with the kind of detail found at Vision-Strike-Wear.Com!
When a Boomer calls we listen! The USS Tennessee SSBN-734 and its FCPOA did call and wanted a stunning design for their First Class Petty Officer Association and we listened!
The US Navy SEABEES! Amazing. this design created for a Seabees unit and Charlie Co was taken from the VSW Jolly Roger Navy design and updated with text and additional detail!
The First Class Petty Officer is an accomplished leader. Just below the rank of Navy Chief, the first classes prepare for their time as future senior leaders. The relationship between first class and chief is an interesting one. Driven hard by the Chiefs the First Class is looked at as the rising leaders and must be scrutinized to ensure they pass into the higher ranks ready to get the job done. The FCPOA is one place where their skills are tested and prepared whether in a CPO 365 environment or through communication and information exchange with other firsts. This US Navy VR-56 Globemasters FCPOA Shirt with male and female E-6 enlisted hold the world up in uniformity and equality as they show others they Have Got This!
When the USS Mustin DDG-89 requested a shirt for the crew the concept was a goat wielding a large Thor like hammer, crow displayed on the shirt, surface warfare insignia along with first class petty officer chevrons. The result was a highly developed and detailed US Navy custom shirt for the crew of the USS Mustin and their FCPOA.
A satellite phone call from NMC Sigonella made this shirt design for this command a reality. Skulls, crossed cannons, anchor, American and Italian crossed flags and more detail than you can shake a stick at became a reality for this United States Navy command.
Sometimes we gt to design for US Navy squadrons like VR-62 The Nomads!
The USS Princeton CG-59 an Aegis missile cruiser with the sleek and fine look of a Ticonderoga cruiser. A design with Jolly Roger, knife in mouth, crossed bones, porthole, rough waters in the background, anchors, tridents and the slogan “Honor And Glory!” A wonderful black and white custom US Navy shirt design for an amazing warship and its crew.
The warships of the US navy frequently contact VSW with details and information about how they want their crew shirts to look. Within the crew there are divisions like the Engineering Division on board the USS Ramage. They wanted a razor sharp design for their department and that is what they got!
Of course Second Class Petty Officer’s Associations of the United States Navy order shirts. As future senior leads in the US Navy these associations (SCPOA) are critical to the development of training and skills preparing these future leaders for this role. On occasion they also request some of the coolest military shirts around. So when the SCPOA at FRCMA Oceana gave us a call about their shirts we were overjoyed! Backbone of the Navy!
Coastal Riverine Group 2 wanted a shirt designed for their CPO Mess and they got it. Featuring the US Navy Goat with crossed arms, cover, anchors, fast boats barbed wire and the various commands this important USN Command is associated with all came together for their mess. The moment they ordered their shirts they came back for a second round almost immediately. Semper Fortis!
The US Navy operates at the top of the world and at the lowest geographically but when it comes to the last mile marker and the most southern part of Florida and the US there is a detachment that handles high explosives and is part of the US Navy IYAOYAS community. NC Detachment Key West is that unit and command and they wanted something special when it came to their US Navy shirts.
Patrol Squadron 1 of the United States Navy requested a Jolly Roger design featuring the USN Rate symbol for Aviation Ordnancemen and the all too famous wording, IYAOYAS. black and white design with tremendous detail and character which when printed on a black or dark colored shirt really stands out and pops.
The USS McCampbell CPO Mess requested a custom US Navy shirt featuring their ship US Flag and Japanese flag showing the support and relationship each country has to one another. The ship’s Motto “Relentless In Battle” along with each of the US Navy Chief’s anchors were also designed.
At the request of the Chief Of The Boat comes this USN shirt design for the USS Columbia. Warrior SSN-771!
The USS Winston Churchill the only US Navy ship named for a foreign dignitary. The Chief’s Mess wanted a design with a Goat and Greek like look displaying shield, goat, spears and helmet and that is what they got. They reordered almost immediately! “We Steer The Course”
Don;t Worry We Got This a common saying among enlisted First Classy Petty Officers when responding to a US Navy Chief. The definite working class among the ranks. Experienced leadership. Hard working and still working to make it among the senior enlisted. The FCPOA’s of the US Navy are developing skills, teaching each other and gaining valuable information. This design created for NAS Fallon FCPOA is one example of the custom US Navy shirts created for the FCPOAs of the US Navy.
A US Navy Gator in a pea coat? We actually did get that request and to top it off we added a Dixie Cup.
When the USS Connecticut called and requested a custom US Navy shirt we answered. The request was taking our Navy Squid with tentacles, dixie cup and pea coat and adding their motto “Arsenal Of A Nation” to the bottom text before printed them on highly durable moisture wicking shirts for the Chief Petty Officers aboard this grand warship.
Associations and non-profits also have received a number of wonderful custom shirts and military designs over the years from Vision-Strike-Wear.Com. One such organization, the Tin Can Sailor Association, requested of course a squid ripping open a can of Whoop Ass, with full color and nautical elements. The title “Strength From The Seas” was added and finished this wonderful Tin Can Sailor shirt design.
VP-10 Navy Patrol Squadron. We Got This. Orions and tactical control screens were the central theme for this US Navy Squadron which we were proud to work on.
Below please find VSW designs that have been originally designed specifically for the commands, ships, squadrons and men and women of the United States Navy. It is an honor to serve you.
A design created for Coastal Riverine Squadron 3 FCPOA of the United States Navy. They wanted a highly detailed and very colorful look for their First Class Petty Officer shirts.
The USS Wayne E Meyer needed a shirt 90 days out from their return to home and something with a twist aimed at their galley and they got it. Straight Out Of The Scullery. DDG-108 custom shirts designs for the US Navy and its sailorsl