Gary Brannan
The Ross Hollywood Chapel and Veteran’s Day Parade

Ross Hollywood Chapel

Every year, Ross Hollywood Chapel sponsors Portland, Oregon’s only Veteran’s Day parade. Marine Corps vet Gary Brannan felt giving challenge coins to VIPs and Honored Guests of Valor at the parade was the perfect way to honor them – in true military tradition.

Time was tight to get Gary’s order completed, but it was done on time and he expressed his delight in an email stating, “All 50 arrived and they look great!”

Northwest Territorial Mint: Insights & Ideas
Founder Coin
Hot Topic: Honoring the Founder

Often an organization will want to honor its founder by including his or her likeness on a coin. For such a coin to be genuinely successful, the likeness must be true. Getting that result on a coin requires the highest level of skill and craftsmanship in coin creation. Northwest Territorial Mint is proud to be able to work with the finest artisans available to achieve such results.

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Electrum

Coins from ElectrumThe earliest known coins were struck in Lydia and Ionia (modern western Turkey) from electrum, a naturally occurring alloy of gold and silver. Each coin blank was cast to a predetermined weight. Then the blank was heated to a malleable temperature and struck with a hammer between two engraved dies. These archaic coins usually depict a symbol of the city or ruler on the obverse and a crude punch mark on the reverse. They were the world's first true coins because they were composed of a scarce metal, of a consistent weight, and guaranteed by a government.