As guardians of the Atlantic coast, the expert crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter Kingfisher WPB-87322 exemplifies the Coast Guard’s core values of honor, respect, and devotion to duty. Their efforts and commitment to service are honored in this finely-crafted challenge coin.
The Kingfisher is a Marine Protector Class vessel, designed to tackle multiple types of missions, and the crew of the Kingfisher bravely undertakes them all, including Enforcement of the Laws and Treaties, Search and Rescue, Alien Migration and Interdiction, Counter Drug Ops, Defense Readiness, and Environmental Protection. Based in Mayport, Florida, Kingfisher’s area of responsibility stretches from the St. Mary’s River line to south of Cape Canaveral, and so it has also performed maritime security around the Kennedy Space Center for manned space flights.
Employing the cutter’s stern launching ramp enables the ship’s boarding parties to launch while Kingfisher is underway. Only one crewmember need remain on deck to launch or retrieve the rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) used for pursuit.
Whether you are one of the valiant officers or ship’s crew that have plied the first coast aboard the USCG Cutter Kingfisher or are adding this coin to your collection, this challenge coin — skillfully minted in bronze with an antique finish – serves as a meaningful symbol of USCGC Kingfisher’s success in protecting America’s coast. The obverse features the ship’s emblem, a caricature of the cutter’s namesake, the kingfisher, with fishing pole in hand, scoping the south Atlantic coastline from above, a compass rose marking its homeport. Bright hues of blue and green enamel highlight the fine detail of the image. The Coast Guard’s official seal graces the reverse.
Minted in a brass alloy, this coin contains rich enamel accents on both sides.
Each coin measures 1 3/4 inch (44mm) in diameter.
This is a surplus NWTMint item, packaging may vary.
This is an out of date design and will not be remade after product is sold out.