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ABOUT WHO WE ARE – WHY WE ARE

After leaving the military I, like many veterans, realized that my years there were the best of my life and looked for a way to remember them.

Sure, I had the old t shirts, medals and reunions as well as a hefty friends list on Facebook but, like many I sought to put something more material and everyday carry to keep me in touch with my service life.

I remembered my Airborne Coin and the pride that filled me when I showed it to others and, as I came across more coins - both Regimental, Ship and Unit/Base orientated I realized what a true connection people find with having something like this to hold and feel – even carry around and show others.

Sure, I was proud that I jumped out of airplanes but to tell the truth, I was more proud to have been a member of the military period.

As I got older and more affluent I wanted the shwag that came with being part of something greater than myself and so, began to collect rings hats and … coins.


I really liked the coins as they felt heavy and strong and, you could pull them out and fidget with them but, the coins I was getting all were missing something. The coins were just cookie cutter items and all were the exact same.

I wanted to make something that would be personal and thus, more valuable to the holder - me. I also wanted it had to have some good old fashioned quality but the problem was, you cant just make one, you have to make a hundred or more of them because they cost too much.

So, to get a coin I personally wanted I sat down and using my rudamentary skills designed something that I thought suited me. I put it up on a Veteran's Facebook page and got a lot of interest.

I found a coin maker and worked with them to make the designe and then took payments from everybody to get enough to pay for the thing.

Rest is history. Now I'm on my 8th edition of the Veteran series and fourth pin and sell stuff to compliment them such as stnds boxes and cases.

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to start something that would live on so made them numbered and recorded those numbers. Certainly this is not a legal registry of any kind however it is a start so that those who might take this over will have a record as to who has a coin as we move ahead over time and have new Veterans join us.


began to look around VETERAN COIN began Veteran Coins, as the name suggests provides quality coins designed to compliment the Veterans who have served Canada and, to those who support same.

ating the owner as a VETERAN of the Canadian Armed Forces. All coins come personalized providing the member has provided the necessary information.

As I got older and more affluent I wanted the shwag that came with being part of something greater than myself and so began to collect t shirts, rings hats and … coins.

While nothing can replace a regimental coin I wanted to make something that would unite us and so opted to make a good veteran coin.

I wanted to make something that would be treasured which meant it had to have quality and some good old fashioned quality.

I also wanted to start something that would live on so made them numbered and recorded those numbers. Certainly this is not a legal registry of any kind however it is a start so that those who might take this over will have a record as to who has a coin as we move ahead over time and have new Veterans join us.

A portion of every purchase goes to the United Federation of Canadian Veterans and we also support Army.ca.

Veteran Coins, as the name suggests provides coins designating the owner as a VETERAN of the Canadian Armed Forces. All coins come personalized providing the member has provided the necessary information.

I’ve strived to provide you with a high quality keepsake worth treasuring for the rest of your life and, believe that all of the coins we offer do just that.

A veteran is anybody who for a few brief moments put their life on the line for their country whilst wearing a uniform
honoring those veterans is what this is all about – allowing them to honor themselves as is often the only case
We can honor a veteran, allow a veteran to honor themselves, help a veteran to honor those who helped him or her

Remember a fallen veteran.

These are all the ways I which Veteran Coin is determined to further their mission – to honor and remember the Veteran.

Initially I wanted a coin that was a pretty good coin that emphasized the veteran aspect of my service and didn’t get bogged down in to details. It was to underscore that I was a VETERAN of the CAF.

Not that I was a Radio operator or a member of a certain unit but rather VETERAN

So it came together – CAF and VETERAN.


The coin however had two sides so I figured why not make it engravable so I could put my name on it and so the old mission creep came together and I figured I my name there why not put my unit and so we have what we have.

A VETERAN coin with a big ass space to put your unit on the back and another big space to put your name proudly to show you served!

I contacted a coin maker I had worked with before and together we put this together. It wasn’t easy as the work had 21 revisions before the first coin came off the stamping line which is the TRADITIONAL version.

Another aspect of it was registering the thing. In my mind it had to have registration numbers
otherwise in ten years or so some person could come along and make their own and nobody could ever say different. With the registration a couple of things occur – we have a sna[pshot of a moment in time where a VETERAN or, probable VETERAN took time to order a coin and went through a simplified vetting program with myself or, in the possible future, an employee or agent or VETERAN COIN and passed the muster.


If this goes the route which I hope it will where the Federal Government steps up to the plate to do what they should and provide it’s heros and veterans a material memento instead of a shitty piece of paper with a fake signature on it then possibly they will have a parade on the Hill twice a year where the PM or MND will present these to the Veterans present and if not, local MPs can do so at cenotaphs the country over on November 11.

At that point, they can take over the registry which can provide a snap shot of the VETERANS who stood up to be counted and they can begin to honor those who did not but deserve to be.

A portion of every purchase goes to the United Federation of Canadian Veterans and we also support Army.ca.
 
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