Author Topic: NRO and DOD Space Organizations Challenge Coin Collection  (Read 4193 times)

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Thought this is good as any on a location for this thread.  Attached will be scans of my collection of challenge coins from the NRO and other DOD space organizations.  If there is enough interest, I also have collections of USAF launch and range units, USAF space control units, NRO launches, USAF launches and NASA spacecraft launches. 

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Re: NRO and DOD Space Organizations Challenge Coin Collection
« Reply #1 on: 03/06/2013 01:24 AM »
I have the coins in pages of coin collecting albums.  The second page is the backs of the coins.  Just be aware that coins "switch sides" between the two photos (i.e. the back of the coins on the left edge of first photo is on the right edge of the second photo)
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Re: NRO and DOD Space Organizations Challenge Coin Collection
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Re: NRO and DOD Space Organizations Challenge Coin Collection
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Re: NRO and DOD Space Organizations Challenge Coin Collection
« Reply #7 on: 03/06/2013 06:16 AM »
Quite the collection.  Are most of these struck bronze?

Jim, did you belong to a unit that used them, and did you ever win a round of drinks?

For those who may not be familiar with Challenge Coins (I wasn't until recently) the WP article is pretty good. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Challenge_coin
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Re: NRO and DOD Space Organizations Challenge Coin Collection
« Reply #8 on: 03/06/2013 08:00 AM »
They look amazing! Who designs the artwork?

Unable to decide which is cooler, a challenge coin with "BLACK OPS" on the back or challenge coins that are intentionally(?) obfuscated :)

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Re: NRO and DOD Space Organizations Challenge Coin Collection
« Reply #9 on: 03/06/2013 06:53 PM »
Quite the collection.  Are most of these struck bronze?

Jim, did you belong to a unit that used them, and did you ever win a round of drinks?


They are various metals.  I left the USAF before they became into vogue.  However, there is one that is from a unit that is related to a unit I was in and it uses the same mascot.  It is the one with Payload Operation - Night Gators in the first photo.
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Re: NRO and DOD Space Organizations Challenge Coin Collection
« Reply #10 on: 03/06/2013 06:57 PM »
They look amazing! Who designs the artwork?


Many the different people from the many different organizations.  There isn't a single group.
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Re: NRO and DOD Space Organizations Challenge Coin Collection
« Reply #11 on: 01/15/2016 11:40 PM »
I was hoping you could tell me what metal the NG PLO coin was. I know it isn't attracted by a magnet.
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Re: NRO and DOD Space Organizations Challenge Coin Collection
« Reply #12 on: 05/06/2017 01:48 AM »
Jim,

Thanks for posting these!  I literally found one on the side of the road, and wondered what it was, and after googling forever finally found this thread.  Your first picture, bottom row center, is exactly the same as the one I found.   And with the wikipedia article Lar so helpfully linked, I now have an idea what it is. 

Can you tell me if these have any value?  If so, is there somewhere people buy/sell them?  The one I found is somewhat worn or perhaps just dirty, presumably carried around by someone.

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Re: NRO and DOD Space Organizations Challenge Coin Collection
« Reply #13 on: 05/06/2017 05:05 PM »
Actually, maybe mine's not exactly the same as yours.  On closer look, yours is silver colored.  Mine is gold colored (maybe made of bronze?).  Are there perhaps different versions, or is it just due to lighting in your photo (meaning, is yours actually gold colored irl)?



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