Coast Guard Academy Graduation Coin Tradition
Northwest Territorial Mint, a private mint near Seattle and a leading producer of coins for the U.S. Military, created a coin on behalf of U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney to award to this year’s graduates of the Coast Guard Academy, upholding a tradition that began with President George W. Bush in 2007.
Each member of the graduating class of 2007 carried a version of the lower coin, struck in proprietary brass by Northwest Territorial Mint. With the Academy’s logo on the obverse and the Seal of the President of the United States on the reverse, each coin is a powerful commemorative to long remind each new Coastie of the meaning of the day and the mission each has accepted. An antique silver version (shown) was specially minted in .999-fine pure silver for President Bush.
“Freedom will defeat the hateful ideologies of the terrorists in this century. Victory in this struggle will require valor and determination and persistence — and these qualities can be found in abundance in the Class of 2007,” the President said.
On May 21, 2008, Vice President Dick Cheney addressed the graduating class of the United States Coast Guard Academy. Said the Vice President, “When we think of the Coast Guard we think of the men and women who are always ready to save us from danger — whether it comes from the furies of nature, or from the designs of evil men.”
Employing the Coast Guard Academy’s joshing definition of the Coast Guard as the “hard nucleus about which the Navy forms in time of war,” the Vice President sent forth 200 newly minted officers to conduct search and rescue missions, enforce maritime law, protect the marine environment, aid stranded boaters, and help to staunch the flow of illegal drugs and illegal migrants to our shores.
And each member of the graduating class of 2008 carried a version of the coin above, struck by Northwest Territorial Mint. With the Academy’s logo on the obverse and the Seal of the Vice President of the United States on the reverse, each coin is a powerful totem that will long remind each new ensign of the meaning of the day and the duty they have accepted.
Read more about Northwest Territrial Mint’s affiliation with the U.S. Coast Guard here.