Launched on September 24, 1960 the USS Enterprise holds the distinction as the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.
Named in honor of the most decorated ship of World War 2, the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) has compiled a long and distinguished service record of its own, earning several Navy Unit Commendations for her outstanding performance over more than four decades. Measuring 1,101 feet from bow to stern, the “Big E” carries a full complement of 85 aircraft and more than 5,800 officers and crew. Executing a vital role in America’s Global War on Terrorism, the USS Enterprise’s mighty decks launched some of the first air strikes of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2001.
This coin pays tribute to the skillful and courageous efforts of all those who serve aboard the USS Enterprise. The obverse contains a montage which portrays the original U.S. Navy Enterprise, the Space Shuttle Enterprise, and the USS Enterprise (CVN-65). The reverse contains the official emblem of this famous carrier.
Minted from special deep-relief coining dies; struck from solid bronze; and hand-finished with an antique patina for exceptional quality and detail, the USS Enterprise challenge coin pays homage to this unfaltering mainstay of U.S. Naval superiority, its Aviators, Landing Signal Officers, Catapult Crew, Ordnancemen, Aviation Fuel Handlers, Plane Captains, Plane Handlers, Flight Deck Crew, Aircrew and all support personnel. Each coin comes packaged with a detailed header card that describes the USS Enterprise’s role in defending America’s national interests.
Each coin measures 1 3/4 inch (44mm) in diameter.