Named after US Treasury Secretary John Canfield Spencer, the USCGC Spencer was a Treasury-class cutter of the United States Coast Guard that served during World War II. The Spencer was commissioned in 1937 and initially used as a search and rescue unit off Alaska’s fishing grounds, and then served in the Pacific War during World War II as part of the Navy. During the Battle of Atlantic she acted as a convoy escort and sunk German U-boats.
The Spencer served for over 37 years and when decommissioned in 1974 she was the most decorated cutter in the Coast Guard’s fleet. On January 15, 1975 she embarked on her last voyage from New York City to the United States Coast Guard Yard, Curtis Bay, with 24 members of her World War II crew on board. She was decommissioned on January 23, 1974. She served as an engineering training ship with students using her steam propulsion plant until December 1980, and then was sold to the North American Smelting Company for scrap.
This coin pays tribute to the Spencer Cutter. The obverse features a detailed rendering of this high-powered ship. The reverse bears the seal of the U.S. Coast Guard. Minted in bronze and gently brushed with an antique finish, this coin features detailed enameling on the obverse as well as the reverse. Each coin comes packaged with a header card that describes the mission and history of the U.S. Coast Guard.
Minted in bronze and given antique finish, this coin is imbued with bold colorful enamel 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This is an out of date design and will not be remade after product is sold out.