Blessed with some of the finest weather in the United States, US Coast Guard Sector San Diego patrols a large area of the southwestern coastline, extending from the U.S. border with Mexico to as far north as San Mateo Pt. Because of its proximity to Mexico, US Coast Guard Sector San Diego is involved 24/7 in daytime/nighttime illegal drug and immigration monitoring and interdiction.
Traditional maritime law enforcement affecting recreational and commercial vessels has been greatly extended for the Sector, since San Diego is surrounded by beautiful marinas mooring thousands of local and transient vessels. Also, because of San Diego’s proximity to Mexico it is a favorite departure and arrival point for major cruise ship lines traveling to Baja California or through the Panama Canal. The Sector’s cutters escort each cruise ship entering and leaving San Diego Bay. The Sector utilizes two 41-foot Utility boats, two 21-foot Rigid Hull inflatable craft, one 25-foot Response boat which is excellent for Homeland Security action, and three 25-foot Rapid Response boats.
The USCG Sector San Diego coin reflects the mission of the Sector, superimposed on a beautiful San Diego backdrop. Enameled in bright colors, the obverse of the coin features Coast Guard cutters in San Diego Bay, flanked by the Point Loma Lighthouse and the Coronado Bridge. The reverse features the United States Coast Guard crest on a sea-green background.
Each coin measures 1 3/4 inch (44mm) in diameter.