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    I have completed the challenge coin. It cost me a little more than expected, so here is the deal. The coins are $15 each and include shipping (and a donation to the VCDL) Payment via http://PayPal.com , http://GunPal.com orhttp://RevolutionMoneyExchange.com to edsorder@gmail.com (or in person).

    Carry On.

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    Great looking design!

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    Ed, I think you have out done yourself this time. Good job, I love the design. I think I might just have to order one or two

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    I'll be on this....
    Why open carry? Because 1911 > 911.

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    I'm in....

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    They look great! I just ordered two!

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    Cool!

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    That is sharp! I'm going to get a couple, way to go Ed.

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    Am I correct in my assumption that the VCDLwill benefit financially from the sale of these coins?

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    kaiheitai17 wrote:
    Am I correct in my assumption that the VCDLwill benefit financially from the sale of these coins?
    Yes, No and Maybe. In anything I do that bears the VCDL name (magnets, cards, etc).. I used some of the proceeds to further efforts of gun rights. When someone mentioned a website was going up from the antis called wegotoutgunsinvirginia.com I bought the domain and pointed it to the vcdl web site. When I started VCDLdiscounts.org website we ended up putting it on the VCDL.org website, when I print up the Business Card size "Join the VCDL" cards, when I send in extra donations to VCDL or buy "gift memberships" for college students or others that want to join but are short on funds, I have bought maybe 10 gift memberships.. so I do lots of things to help grow the membership of VCDL and increase their funds as well as name and logo recognition. I plan on carrying a coin, so anytime someone needs change I pull it out with the change.. and then strike up a conversation of why I am in the VCDL and what the VCDL is/does.

    Hope that answers your question.

    Ed

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    Removed and put into an email for back channel discussion.

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    I'll have to talk with my wife about getting a couple of those.

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    Will order forms be available at the VCDL tables at upcoming gun shows?

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    nope.. besides this thread and a few private e-mails. This is it.
    Carry On.

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    This was the original design.. a small circle of friends helped choose the final.


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    So... the one in the OP is current, or the one above this post?
    Why open carry? Because 1911 > 911.

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    AbNo wrote:
    So... the one in the OP is current, or the one above this post?
    You mean is the one with the BIG RED X thru it the design the current one?

    The Original Post is the current design and is what the coins will be with one small change and that is the orange color on the GSL side will be a little bit orangyer :-)


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    Just got 5 of 'em. Makes a Great gift!

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    DoubleR wrote:
    Just got 5 of 'em. Makes a Great gift!
    You already got yours??

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    joeamt wrote:
    DoubleR wrote:
    Just got 5 of 'em. Makes a Great gift!
    You already got yours??
    Nobody did.. he menat he just ordered his 5. Delivery will be towards end of May
    Carry On.

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    Time is now to get yer orders in. Price goes up to $15 on 5/11/2010.

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    Carry On.

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    I am getting PM'ed "What are these for?" The fact that they ask me this online proves they have a computer.. GOOGLE is your friend! LOL. They are just a novelty!

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    Origins of the challenge coin in USA

    Like so many other aspects of military tradition, the origins of the challenge coin are a matter of much debate with little supporting evidence. While many organizations and services claim to have been the originators of the challenge coin, the most commonly held view is that the tradition began in the United States Army Air Service (a forerunner of the current United States Air Force).

    Air warfare was a new phenomenon during World War I. When the army created flying squadrons they were manned with volunteer pilots from every walk of civilian life. While some of the early pilots came from working class or rural backgrounds, many were wealthy college students who withdrew from classes in the middle of the year, drawn by the adventure and romance of the new form of warfare.

    As the legend goes,[1][/suP][2][/suP] one such student, a wealthy lieutenant, ordered small, solid-bronze medallions (or coins) struck, which he then presented to the other pilots in his squadron as mementos of their service together. The coin was gold-plated, bore the squadron’s insignia, and was quite valuable. One of the pilots in the squadron, who had never owned anything like the coin, placed it in a leather pouch he wore around his neck for safekeeping. A short while later, this pilot’s aircraft was heavily damaged by ground fire (other sources claim it was an aerial dogfight), forcing him to land behind enemy lines and allowing him to be captured by the Germans. The Germans confiscated the personal belongings from his pockets, but they didn’t catch the leather pouch around his neck. On his way to a permanent prisoner of war facility, he was held overnight in a small German-held French village near the front. During the night, the town was bombarded by the British, creating enough confusion to allow the pilot to escape.

    The pilot avoided German patrols by donning civilian attire, but all of his identification had been confiscated so he had no way to prove his identity. With great difficulty, he crept across no-man’s land and made contact with a French patrol. Unfortunately for him, the French had been on the lookout for German saboteurs dressed as civilians. The French mistook the American pilot for a German saboteur and immediately prepared to execute him.

    Desperate to prove his allegiance and without any identification, the pilot pulled out the coin from his leather pouch and showed it to his French captors. One of the Frenchmen recognized the unit insignia on the coin and delayed the execution long enough to confirm the pilot's identity.

    Once the pilot safely returned to his squadron, it became a tradition for all members to carry their coin at all times. To ensure compliance, the pilots would challenge each other to produce the coin. If the challenged couldn’t produce the coin, he was required to buy a drink of choice for the challenger; if the challenged could produce the coin, the challenger would purchase the drink.

    Another tradition dates to US Military personnel assigned to occupy post World War Two Germany. With the exchange rate, the West German One Pfennig coin was worth only a fraction of a U.S. cent, and they were thus generally considered not having enough value to be worth keeping - unless one was broke. At any place where servicemen would gather for a beer, if a soldier called out "Pfennig Check" everyone had to empty their pockets to show if they were saving any West German Pfennigs. If a soldier could produce a Pfennig, - it meant that he was nearly broke, and if a soldier could not produce a Pfennig, it meant that he had enough money to not bother saving them, - and thus enough money to buy the next round.

    One version of this story dates from the Vietnam war:


    The tradition of the coin giving dates back to Vietnam actually when soldiers would tote along a piece of "lucky" ordnance that had helped them or narrowly missed them. At first it was small arms ammunition, but this practice grew to much bigger and more dangerous ordnance as time wound on. It became then actually a dangerous practice because of the size and power of the ordnance being carried, so commanders banned it, and instead gave away metal coins emblazoned with the unit crest or something similar. The main purpose of the ordnance had been when going into a bar, you had to have your lucky piece or you had to buy drinks for all who did have it. The coins worked far better in this regard as they were smaller and not as lethal! So, if you go to a military bar, whip out a challenge coin and slam it down on the bar, those who lack one buy drinks! Obviously you have to be careful about this tradition... However, Commanders and units give out coins for this and as mementos for services rendered or special occasions.[3][/suP]
    This tradition spread to other military units in all branches of service and even to non military organizations. Today, challenge coins are given to members upon joining an organization, as an award to improve morale, and sold to commemorate special occasions or as fundraisers.Every Airman receives the Airman's coin upon graduation from Basic Military Training for the United States Air Force.[4][/suP]

    President Bill Clinton displayed several racks of challenge coins, which had been given to him by U.S. servicemembers, on the credenza behind his Oval Office desk. These coins are currently on display at the Clinton Library. The challenge coins appear in the background of his official portrait, now hanging in the White House.

    President George W. Bush received a challenge coin from a Marine combat patrol unit during his short but unexpected visit to Al-Asad Airbase in Anbar province, Iraq, Monday, Sept. 3, 2007.[5][/suP] President Barack Obama placed challenge coins on the memorials of the soldiers slain in the Fort Hood shooting.[6][/suP]

    In 2008, Leatherneck Magazine gave a 90th Anniversary Leatherneck challenge coin to a select few readers who sent in letters to their Sound Off section which the editors particularly liked.[7][/suP] There is another story about an American soldier scheduled to rendezvous with Philippine guerrillas during WWII and with him he carried a Philippine solid silver coin stamped with the unit insignia on one side and the coin verified to the guerrillas that he was their valid contact for the mission against the Japanese.[8][/suP]
    Carry On.

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    Love it! gonna need two. AND also, I am going to paypal you for a NEW GSL magnet since mine was STOLEN off my car on Saturday night!!!!!

    I would be happier if it were someone who stole it to use it then just didnt like it! Oh well! Excuse to buy another one!

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    No Prob Harper!
    Carry On.

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