In a previous post, the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron (EFS) had an initial unit challenge coin featuring the squadron’s aircraft, emblem, and “bulldog” mascot. Recently, a second coin is also being distributed concurrently by the 354th abiding with the unit’s heritage. Which is your favorite?
In a silver nickel finish the Obverse features an overview of the A-10 “Thunderbolt” prominently in the center. A new feature now includes the coin’s serial number in black relief numerals (removed for the purpose of this article) underneath the aircraft. Serializing coins is often seen as a preventative measure against counterfeiting and makes a coin traceable back to whom it was issued to or the receiving unit. Around the Obverse’s edge is raised letting listing all aircraft which have since served in the 354th EFS and include; the A-10 “Thunderbolt”, A-7 “Corsair”, P-51 “Mustang”, P-47 “Thunderbolt” along the top half and the F-51 “Mustang”, F-94 “Starfire”, F-86 “Sabre”, and F-105 “Thunderchief” along the bottom.
On the challenge coin’s Reverse is the wing’s emblem and distinctive “bulldog”. On the coin’s center is the Statue of Liberty against a blue background and red border symbolize America’s freedoms and ideals. At the bottom of the statue’s base is the 354th “bulldog” in yellow and reminiscent of the old Tom & Jerry bulldog “Spike”. Around the challenge coin’s Reverse edge reads “354th Fighter Squadron Bulldogs” along the top half and the squadron’s motto of “Attack!” in raised lettering.