This coin salutes staff and students of the National Aids to Navigation School and of Training Center Yorktown. Struck in brass, the coin features the emblem of the National SAR on the obverse, and the emblem of Training Center Yorktown on the reverse. The coin is complete with a baked-on hand painted enamel finish, and comes packaged in a polybag with a header card.
Aids to Navigation systems of the United States and its territories are established, operated, and maintained by the Coast Guard to assist mariners in locating their position and to warn of nearby dangers and obstructions. This is done for the benefit of commercial vessels, recreational boaters, and to support the operations of the Armed Forces. This a responsibility of the Coast Guard, and the National Aids to Navigation School is the premier training ground for this effort.
Training Center Yorktown occupies the easternmost tip of Virginia’s historical triangle, formed by Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown. Notable historical events occurred there, including a siege the British Army that had fortified the seaport hamlet there by Colonial and French soldiers, and during the Civil War, became a key installation established by the Union’s Army of the Potomac. Today, Training Center Yorktown has grown into the Coast Guard’s largest training command, providing instruction in all of the Coast Guard’s operational programs. The pride, professionalism, and excellence of staff and students alike, clearly pay tribute to the colonial vision and courage that gave birth to our great nation.
Each coin measures 1 3/4 inch (44mm) in diameter.