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Trusty Shellback Historical Coin - USMC - Engravable

Officially Licensed Product of the
U.S. Marine Corps
Item Number: 79987
Product Type:  Coin
Size: 1 1/2 inch (39mm) Round
Material: Bronze Antique with Enamel
Price: $12.00
This product is proudly minted in the United States of America
 
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Trusty Shellback Challenge Coin - Engravable

Shellback Edge

Packaging Since brave men first put boats upon the seas, they’ve known the perils and powers of the depths. The greater the journey, the greater the danger – and the revelry in success. To cross the line of the equator was – and is – a command for celebration for any warrior on the sea. Celebrate your monumental line-crossing and proclaim your status as a Trusty Shellback of the U.S. Marine Corps with this historical Shellback challenge coin.

In centuries past, acceptance into the Ancient Order of the Deep was not simply achieved by crossing the equator. No. Having made the formidable trip, Slimy Polliwogs had to additionally survive a punishing rite-of-passage ceremony. Neptune – Roman god of the sea – called upon his court to judge Polliwogs, and thus christen those deemed worthy as Sons of Neptune, Trusty Shellbacks.

Today, Neptune continues to hail all warriors traveling the sea to his court to prove their worth. Though time has touched the ceremony with a taming hand and molding of customs, the honor still remains. Any Marine who crosses the line while striking against the enemies of freedom shall forever be known as a Trusty Shellback.

This particular coin is designed to resemble a Shellback medal minted for military enlisted who participated in the largest Crossing the Line ceremony in military history. On May 20, 1936, 300,000 men crossed the equator at latitude 81° to be christened as Trusty Shellbacks into the Ancient Order of the Deep.

Minted in the U.S. in antique bronze, this challenge coin salutes all Trusty Shellbacks of the U.S. Marine Corps. Encircled in Marine Corps-red, the obverse bears the likeness of the original 1936 medal featuring Neptune raising his royal trident. The reverse is adorned with a kraken thrusting a sailing ship up from the sea. Beneath is an area suitable for recording the time, date, and latitude of an honorable equator crossing.

With this historical challenge coin, shout to all that you’re not just any Shellback, you’re a U.S. Marine Corps Shellback.

™ United States Marine Corps. Officially Licensed Product of the United States Marine Corps (www.marines.com and 1.800.marines)

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