Regarding our earlier article on President George W. Bush's challenge coin, web site visitor Hugh Knaus of Fort Collins, CO writes:
I was presented the exact coin by President Bush in the Oval Office at the White House on Memorial Day, May 29, 2006 at the signing of HR 5037 Respect for America's Fallen Heroes Act. The bill is to prohibit certain demonstrations at cemeteries under the control of the National Cemetery Administration and at Arlington National Cemetery
My coin is now encased in an archival mounted picture frame that I had custom built and includes an autographed photo of President Bush, my wife, and I, and a 1-page card that says "With Compliments of the President". The frame is glass on both sides so that both sides of the coin can be seen. Have you received any information as to where it was minted? Do you have any other details about it?
I remember that behind the Resolute desk is where the President opened a cabinet drawer, inside was a red velvet lined wood case that must have contained about a hundred examples of the Bush challenge coin. I should also mention that everyone in the photo received a coin and that a couple people received two.
Searching Google for "President Bush challenge coin" I found this one for sale ($995.00): http://www.mountain-skies.org/challengeCPg1.htm
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH'S CHALLENGE COIN (http://www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v10n18a22.html)
Actually, no, I don't think we ever learned any more about the challenge coin, and I'm grateful to Hugh for the additional information and photos. Now I'm curious to learn how many of the coins were struck, and how many the President has handed out during his terms in office. Has anyone else ever seen one, or heard of one being offered for sale? Will the next occupant of the Oval Office have a coin struck? -Editor
To read the complete article, see: George W. Bush signs H.R. 5037, the Respect for America's Fallen Heroes Act (http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/05/
Wayne Homren, Editor
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