Colonel Anthony Bolante
WA State National Guard Aviation Unit

WA State National Guard Aviation Unit

Wanting a unit coin to hand out to his soldiers as awards and thank-yous, Colonel Anthony Bolante asked us to design a coin expressing his personality, love of surfing, and a scene from Apocalypse Now involving a helicopter commander obsessed with surfing.

The surfboard-shaped coin is a combination of the surfboard in the movie and COL Bolante’s personal board. The shark-bite bottle opener feature we implemented particularly delighted him. The final result pleased him so much, he picked them up in person in order to be able to hand them out at his weekend Army drill.

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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Collectible?

Northwest Territorial Mint: Did You Know?The U.S. Mint designed the state quarters series, not as a potentially valuable collectible, but as a way of spurring interest in U.S. coinage - which had seen relatively few changes in design in the past 50 years - and in U.S. history.

The 1999 silver proof coinage set is valuable, being the first year of the series and with a relatively small mintage. (The set in base metal is worth only a fraction as much).

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