COINS

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  1. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Just a little off topic. As cadets/midshipmen, or in the life after the academy as an officer, there is a good chance you will receive a coin or two. I'm not talking about buying coins. Different commands, especially flag/general officers will from time to time present service members with a coin, called "coining".

    There are also traditions of using coins to get free drinks in bars, but I've never been a part of that.

    Nice thing about a coin is it often has a story behind it, and for your "favorites" you'll remember that story when you look at it.
     
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    Even if the coin recipient does not consume alchohol, it is nevertheless considered . . . er . . . "advisable" to bring the coin along when socializing with fellow officers at a bar. Any bar. :rolleyes:
     
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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Haha, I have one in my wallet all the time. It's just prudent.
     
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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    I have Secretary of Defense Gates, Adm. Mike Mullen, and one of my favorites, Adm. Bob Papp. Also have Gen. Schoomaker, Army Chief of Staff, and USEUCOM commander.


    My most prized coin, my class coin my classmates and I received as we cross the stage on graduation. My favorite story/experience for a coin was for the Coast Guard District 17 (Alaska area) commander coin.
     
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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    One of the hardest Coast Guard coins to get.... The Ancient Mariner coin. The current Ancient Mariner is Adm. Papp. I've seen the Ancient Marine coin once.... VERY hard to get.
     
  7. SamAca10

    SamAca10 Ensign - DWO

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    What's it look like? Are there differences between the Silver and Gold Ancient Mariner coins?

    Speaking of which, the Silver Ancient Mariner now resides at the Academy, in addition to the Silver Ancient Albatross.




    http://coastguard.dodlive.mil/2011/08/shipmate-of-the-week-master-chief-lloyd-pierce/
     
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    SamAca10 Ensign - DWO

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    The Silver Ancient Mariner is now Master Chief Pierce, if you look at the article that I posted above you'll see the story behind it. Quite an accomplishment
     
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    My Mid has Coin for Marine Corps Ball at Beijing. Told her not to let it get lost!
     

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