Noko Summit dies, but Trump coin lives forever

Phil Briggs
May 23, 2018 - 2:04 pm

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Did you hear about the new coin created for the upcoming meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong-un?

According to CNN, the White House Communications Agency, created and issued the commemorative coin which features profiles of President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, with the words "PEACE TALKS" above them.

NBC Reporter, Peter Alexander posted pictures of the coin, which instantly gained attention on Twitter. 

But now that the meeting has been cancelled, is the coin worthless? Or is it suddenly worth it's weight in gold? 

Regardless of it's value, here are a few of our favorite things about this coin:

  • Kim Jong-Un's chubby profile.  Nothing says Supreme Leader like a pronounced double chin and an open mouth. (Maybe Taco Supreme Leader would have been better.)
  • The words "Peace Talks".  It's funny, considering less than a year ago they were exchanging tweets about bombing the hell out of each other.
  • Air Force One, rising over the White House looks pretty cool.

Whether it's the cancelled NoKo Summit trip coin, or the challenge coins we've seen during our time in the military, these mementos have an interesting history.

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According to Collectors Weekly, "the origin of the challenge coin dates to the 1960s, when a serviceman in the 11th Special Forces Group (Airborne) stamped the group’s emblem over old U.S. coins, and passed them out to other members of the unit. The practice was soon picked up by other units and was used primarily as a drinking game, in which members of the unit who were not able to produce a coin when challenged were obliged to buy everyone a round of drinks."

Now the only questions we still have are; Does any coin "trump" this one? And who is buying the round of beers when we drop one on the bar?

 

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