President Donald Trump has designed his own version of the Presidential challenge coin. Challenge coins originated in the military and reflect a units mission, pride, and honor. It is an honor to have a command present one to a unit’s member in recognition of good service.
The past few Presidents have had their own coins to hand out to troops and to others. As you might expect, President Donald Trump has designed one that stands out from the crowd. it will be highly sought after. It will also be highly criticised as you can read here.
As Written and Reported By Karen Townsend for Hot Air:
President Trump’s challenge coin includes several changes from those of his predecessors – gone are the presidential seal, the motto “E Pluribus Unum”, and the thirteen arrows representing the thirteen original states. The eagle faces right, not left, and the inclusion of his campaign slogan has his critics fretting about the separation of politics and the military. No, really.
From the Washington Post article:
The presidential seal has been replaced by an eagle bearing President Trump’s signature. The eagle’s head faces right, not left, as on the seal. The 13 arrows representing the original states have disappeared. And the national motto, “E pluribus unum” — a Latin phrase that means “Out of many, one” — is gone.
Instead, both sides of the coin feature Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.”
The changes don’t stop there. In addition to his signature, Trump’s name appears three times on the coin, which is thicker than those made for past presidents. And forget the traditional subdued silver and copper: Trump’s coin, a White House aide marveled, is “very gold.”
From a historical perspective, the presidential coins as collector swag are relatively new……….
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