SWJ Coin (Bumped and Updated)

No, not COIN as in Counterinsurgency, though we do that too.  Coin as in challenge

coin -- you know, those little things the Army has been flinging around for many

years and the Marine Corps eventually glommed onto as well, and now they're everywhere. 

Well, they're finally here now, too.

For your donation of $50, we'll send

you a freshly minted SWJ Challenge Coin as a thank you gift.  Wield it with

the vigor and flair appropriate to its magnificence.  For those interested

in such details, these are 1 3/4" coins, the perfect size, not too tiny and not

too big.  Just like most wars.

Small Wars Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Contributions are tax deductible for U.S. taxpayers.

For

multiple coins,

contact us.

If you don't want a coin as a premium, you can still:

Prior donors please note, now that we've finally got these, we'll be rummaging

through our records of past donors and contacting those of you that are coin-qualifying

from prior support to see if you'd like one.  You are of course always

welcome to donate again, but we remember and appreciate what you've already

done.  We'll be in touch soon.

Update 1: The front image is called Tracking Bin Laden and was painted by U.S. Army Center of Military History, Museum Division's staff artist Sergeant First Class Elzie Ray Golden, U.S. Army. The back image is called After the Battle and was painted by Michael R. Crook; Tan Hep, Vietnam, 1967. Both paintings are part of the U.S. Army art collection.

Update 2: Tip of the hat to Carl Prine at Line of Departure for his post COINtribute! BLUF: "The Small Wars Journal Foundation is a 501C3 nonprofit. The founders don't seem to have made any moolah off of it and they mostly get by with slave labor from cranky Army majors. Those unpaid editors bring us not only the best essays of the COINdinistas but also (and increasingly) the ripostes of dissenters who don't drink the Kool-Aid."

Update 3: Tip of the hat to Mark Safranski at Zenpundit for his post It Takes a Big Man to Know the Value of a Small Wars Coin. BLUF: "I've got mine. Get yours! It is pretty weighty, moreso than a Liberty silver dollar. And it is a slick presentation."

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Got mine today...very cool and thanks. Great addition to my FBI coin.

I received my SWJ coin yesterday... Thats some kind of lightning fast service to an APO address!

You folks have truly outdone yourselves -

Over the years Ive amassed a sweet collection of coins but none have come close to the quality of this one.

Thanks, Stan

Great site, great input, and great coin. I'll be sure to donate in the future as well- thanks for all the great work guys!

I'm digging the photo imprint on the coins. That's pretty cool for a challenge coin!

Regular mail - U.S. Postal Service. Shipped in bubble-lined envelope...

How is it shipped?

Agree with the comment above, nice coin, better than the pic.

Just sent in my $50. Always enjoy reading your posts and articles. I know I should join in more too. Keep up the good work.

Got my coin this weekend. It's fantastic! One of the best I've ever seen, and you're helping out a great cause in the process.

The pictures really don't do this baby justice.

Needs a bottle opener!!!!

The first wave of coin shipments went out on Wednesday and started arriving today. Second wave out tomorrow. First e-mail review:

I received my SWJ Challenge coin today. It looks terrific, even cooler than my Blackwater coin (you know how creative PMCs are with marketing). You did a very nice job.

Standing by...

Gents,
Previous donations were not dependent on some gift (although that wouldn't have been a bad thing and the certificates were a nice touch).

I just sent you 50 bucks.

Get that thing in the APO !

Take care, Stan

Thank you Charles, much appreciated. We survive on a "shoe-string" budget, depend on volunteers for a large majority of our day to day ops, and are at a point that additional funding is critical - not that it isn't just about all the time. We still have plenty of coins and if I say so myself, they look great.

I donated. This site is well worth it, and better than any collection of FMs.

The front image is called Tracking Bin Laden and was painted by U.S. Army Center of Military History, Museum Division's staff artist Sergeant First Class Elzie Ray Golden, U.S. Army.

The back image is called After the Battle and was painted by Michael R. Crook; Tan Hep, Vietnam, 1967.

Both paintings are part of the U.S. Army art collection.