Rock Island Arsenal

$10.50

Actively in operation since the 1880’s, Rock Island Arsenal makes ordnance and equipment, including artillery, small arms, weapons simulators, and other associated components. Two of the Arsenal’s most successful products include the M198 and M119 towed howitzers, and the M1A1 gun mount. Rock Island Arsenal was also home to a large prison camp during the Civil War. It’s isolated location in the middle of the powerful Mississippi River made it the ideal location to keep Confederate soldiers from escaping and re-entering the war. During its operation, the prison housed more than 12,400 Confederates.

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SKU: NWTM61882-web Category: Tags: , ,
Official Licensed Product of the U.S. Army. By federal law, licensing fees paid to the U.S. Army for use of its trademarks provide support to the Army Trademark Licensing Program, and net licensing revenue is devoted to U.S. Army Morale, Welfare, and Recreation programs.

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Originally established as Fort Armstrong, Rock Island Arsenal is the largest weapons manufacturing arsenal owned by the United States Government. Actively in operation since the 1880’s, Rock Island Arsenal makes ordnance and equipment, including artillery, small arms, weapons simulators, and other associated components. Two of the Arsenal’s most successful products include the M198 and M119 towed howitzers, and the M1A1 gun mount.

Rock Island Arsenal was also home to a large prison camp during the Civil War. It’s isolated location in the middle of the powerful Mississippi River made it the ideal location to keep Confederate soldiers from escaping and re-entering the war. During its operation, the prison housed more than 12,400 Confederates.

Minted in solid bronze, and hand-finished with an antique patina, this coin is dedicated to the men and women of Rock Island Arsenal who support our men and women in the field, fighting to make the world safe for freedom. The obverse features the crossed cannon symbol of the RIA-Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center, the post’s world class manufacturing facility. The reverse displays Rock Island Arsenal’s insignia with the words “SUSTAIN, SUPPORT, DEFEND” and two crossed swords over interlocking chains.

Minted from solid bronze and given antique finish, this coin is accented with richly-colored enamels.

Each coin measures 1 3/4 inches, (44mm) in diameter.

This is a surplus NWTM item.

 

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