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.

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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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California Gold Bars

Northwest Territorial Mint: Did You Know?The California gold rush during the 1850s produced much in the way of nuggets and gold dust.  Because the gold purity varied widely, miners would bring their treasure to one of several private assaying firms to have the gold melted, poured into ingots, and then tested for purity.  The ingots were stamped with their weight, purity and the assayer's mark.  Each assay ingot was unique - sizes varied from very small to very large (the largest assay bar found was a nearly 80 pound ingot found on the S.S. "Central America").  Marked Assay Bars became a convenient way to transport gold and to serve as a store of value.