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Sunday, December 24, 2017

[T]he presidential "challenge coin" has undergone a Trumpian transformation. The presidential seal has been replaced by an eagle bearing President Trump's signature. The eagle's head faces right, not left, as on the seal. The 13 arrows representing the original states have disappeared. And the national motto, "E pluribus unum" -- a Latin phrase that means "Out of many, one" -- is gone. Instead, both sides of the coin feature Trump's official campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again." The changes don't stop there. In addition to his signature, Trump's name appears three times on the coin, which is thicker than those made for past presidents. And forget the traditional subdued silver and copper: Trump's coin, a White House aide marveled, is "very gold."

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Some ethics experts questioned the unprecedented decision to include a campaign slogan on the coins, which were traditionally distributed to members of the military.

"For the commander in chief to give a political token with a campaign slogan on it to military officers would violate the important principle of separating the military from politics, as well as diminishing the tradition of the coin," said Trevor Potter, a Republican former chairman of the Federal Election Commission. ...

Challenge coins got their start as military baubles bearing division insignia and presented by officers to troops for exemplary service. The moniker came from a tradition in which service members challenged one another to produce their coins. Those who did not have one had to buy a round of drinks.

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#1 | Posted by Corky at 2017-12-22 07:46 PM | Reply

OMG ...

#2 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-12-22 08:03 PM | Reply

prototype of a coin they are considering

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#3 | Posted by truthhurts at 2017-12-22 08:30 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

The moniker came from a tradition in which service members challenged one another to produce their coins. Those who did not have one had to buy a round of drinks.

Interesting. TIL.

#4 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2017-12-22 08:53 PM | Reply

Leave it to Trump to take something nice and traditional and turn it into a gaudy golden monstrosity.

#5 | Posted by jpw at 2017-12-22 10:42 PM | Reply

That is one hideous coin. The picture with it and 3 other traditional ones makes it really stand out in all its horrid gaudiness. This Trump is a perpetual embarrassment.

What a schmuck.

#6 | Posted by YAV at 2017-12-22 11:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#5 |

True, but enough about his hair....

#7 | Posted by Corky at 2017-12-23 12:06 AM | Reply

Is there a 'Grab'em By The -----' special edition coin in the works?

#8 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2017-12-23 12:27 AM | Reply | Funny: 5

Waiting for Trumpeteers to complain about how Trump is dishonoring the military with these changes.

#9 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2017-12-24 07:41 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

No class, no taste, no ethics, no good sense, no morality, this craven, stupid friggin oaf is beneath contempt. Get thee behind me Satan.

#10 | Posted by uncle_meat at 2017-12-25 12:19 PM | Reply

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Heard it's made out of 100% fools gold.

#11 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2017-12-26 09:15 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Leave it to Trump to take something nice and traditional and turn it into a gaudy golden monstrosity.

What the hell are you people talking about? Most of you haven't been in a position to even receive a military coin.

When I took command of one of my units, I changed the coin insignia to what I liked, just like the commanders before me. They are highly sought after artifacts, as how a commander designs them makes them one of a kind and they usually commemorate a tour of combat duty. The coins I received from commanders while in combat are highly prized by me and others.

You idiots are just wanting something else to babble and whine about. You would polarize any and everything, even when you cant. And you have failed again.

Trump has done nothing wrong here, but made a highly collectible and sought after coin, different from his predecessors.

#12 | Posted by boaz at 2017-12-26 11:50 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Trump has done nothing wrong here, but made a highly collectible and sought after coin, different from his predecessors.

#12 | Posted by boaz

Yeah. It probably will be worth something.

In about 100 years.

After the embarrassment subsides.

#13 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-12-26 04:39 PM | Reply

"You would polarize any and everything..."
#12 | Posted by boaz at 2017-12-26 11:50 AM | Reply

Wow, just wow. Coming from you even.
Command THIS unit, you putz. *tug*

#14 | Posted by e1g1 at 2017-12-26 11:11 PM | Reply

I'd accept the coin if I were in a position to have it offered...

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#15 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2017-12-26 11:14 PM | Reply

I'm beginning to think Boazo is full of it on everything he claims here.
Everything!

#16 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2017-12-26 11:18 PM | Reply

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