OIF Challenge Coin
OEF/OIF is an acronym that refers to the U.S.-led conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Specifically, OEF means “Operation Enduring Freedom” (the war in Afghanistan), while OIF stands for “Operation Iraqi Freedom,” or the Iraq War. 20 March 2003 marked the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom with preemptive airstrikes on Saddam Hussein’s Presidential Palace and military targets followed by approximately 67,700 “boots on the ground” with 15,000 Navy personnel on ships in the region (Belasco).
One of the armed forces that participated in the OIF is The 89th Cavalry Regiment. It is a Regiment of the United States Army, first established in 1940. The 1st Squadron of the 89th Cavalry Regiment deployed to Germany in 1944 (then known as 899th Tank Destroyer Battalion).
This custom challenge coin is commissioned to us and we had fun designing and producing it. The basic concept of the design is pretty simple, but we had to make sure that the sculpted cavalry unit on the front side of the coin machined pristinely. The names of the soldiers had to fit on the back side, and also the small sized emblems and ornaments had to be engraved with precision. The result is a really delicate and stunning challenge coin.
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Finished Coin (Front)
Finished Coin (Back)
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