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Snaquebite
08-16-2013, 14:01
10th Group CSM is looking for the original 10th Group Coin Cast; they have decided to return to its roots and would like to establish the original coin as the official 10th Group Coin. The CSM believes that an expat may either have and know where this cast is located. Any assistance in locating this piece of history will be greatly appreciated.

Rec'd in an email, No POC listed.

longrange1947
08-16-2013, 14:38
George, I have an original coin that has never been carried as it is my wife's. If they can use it to cast a new mold I would let them use it as long as I get it back. It is engraved but I think any half way decent mold maker can fix that.

Just a thought.

MR2
08-16-2013, 15:06
Check with Venus Jewelers, Bancock

Team Sergeant
08-16-2013, 20:18
Check with Venus Jewelers, Bancock

LOL, does every SF group know about Venus Jewelers?

Beef
08-17-2013, 16:16
LOL, does every SF group know about Venus Jewelers?

I've got the contact info for Venus, if needed. They currently (last year, anyway) only accept payment via wire transfer to a domestic Bank of America account. I mention this, because it kind of freaks some people out. "Send the money to this guy's BOA acct. in Arizona and we 'll send you a ring from Thailand."

Stras
08-24-2013, 10:07
As near as we can assess, the original coin was made in either Bad Tolz or Munich. since the early 50's or 60's when the coin was made, there is no record or trace of who made them.

We have the lightning bolt version that is currently being re-cast for 1-10.

The Reaper
08-24-2013, 11:05
As near as we can assess, the original coin was made in either Bad Tolz or Munich. since the early 50's or 60's when the coin was made, there is no record or trace of who made them.

We have the lightning bolt version that is currently being re-cast for 1-10.

Twin lightning bolts? :eek:

TR

Stras
08-24-2013, 13:46
Twin lightning bolts? :eek:

TR

Nope.. there are three on the coin.

longrange1947
08-24-2013, 14:27
Stras, are you saying that the original coin was minted in the 50s or 60s?? I thought Col Greene made the original in 69.

x SF med
08-24-2013, 14:31
10th Group CSM is looking for the original 10th Group Coin Cast; they have decided to return to its roots and would like to establish the original coin as the official 10th Group Coin. The CSM believes that an expat may either have and know where this cast is located. Any assistance in locating this piece of history will be greatly appreciated.

Rec'd in an email, No POC listed.

George, do you have a picture of the original coin? Is it the Trojan Horse coin with a different obverse engraving?

mike-munich
08-26-2013, 01:10
I think it might have been the same jeweler in Bad Tölz that did the sterling silver DUI that a couple of guys had on their Class A's. I just can't think of his name right now.... I'll do a little more thinking and try to gather some intel. I'm in the AO, so I can make some phonecalls if needed.

Bennett
08-26-2013, 16:15
Boys you can stand down. The local SFA Chapter has what the CSM thinks is the original 10th Group coin, not the 1/10 (Bad Tölz). When we got this note we clarified what he was looking for. My guess the CMD group had moved away from the original in the past few years and had a top three minted? We took over supplying the normal coin due to the restrictions of active duty units buying a bulk supply. We have couple hundred and have the mold so we can mint as many as needed. Good conversation though. Any one with questions can let me know.

mike-munich
08-27-2013, 01:36
HUA. Thanks Don.

Stras
08-27-2013, 11:24
I think it might have been the same jeweler in Bad Tölz that did the sterling silver DUI that a couple of guys had on their Class A's. I just can't think of his name right now.... I'll do a little more thinking and try to gather some intel. I'm in the AO, so I can make some phonecalls if needed.

you're thinking of Eichmann's Goldschmiede.

The son, who now runs the store, has no recollection of the coins being made there.

mike-munich
08-28-2013, 01:36
you're thinking of Eichmann's Goldschmiede.

The son, who now runs the store, has no recollection of the coins being made there.

Stras, I think it was Eichmann on Marktstrasse who made the sterling silver unit crests. As for the coins, I think there was another Juwelier/Goldschmied involved...

Stras
08-31-2013, 03:32
Stras, I think it was Eichmann on Marktstrasse who made the sterling silver unit crests. As for the coins, I think there was another Juwelier/Goldschmied involved...

Mike,

Eichmann made the unit crests.. The other store that was across the Isar made the coins. It is now an Antique Shop, if I have the location right. Or it is the place next door with really fancy jewelry (and over priced), which is fairly new (last 10 years).

mike-munich
09-02-2013, 01:23
Mike,

Eichmann made the unit crests.. The other store that was across the Isar made the coins. It is now an Antique Shop, if I have the location right. Or it is the place next door with really fancy jewelry (and over priced), which is fairly new (last 10 years).

Stras,

then I recalled it correctly. The other store was across the bridge, on the left hand side I think. All is overprices in Tölz now, the Euro screwed everything up.

v/r
Mike

Utah Bob
09-14-2013, 17:58
Glad you located the original.
I recall when they came out with them in Devens in 69. I still have 2.

jon1481
09-25-2013, 19:14
what does it look like?

swpa19
11-08-2013, 05:09
With the early coins, weren't there two variations. One had just the Trojan Horse (like on Stras' avatar). And the other had the Trojan Horse DUI with the three lightning bolts?

orko
11-23-2013, 20:03
I have done extensive research on this topic..

Robbins company of Massachusetts is accredited for minting the first 10th group coin circa 1967-1968. They are now merged with another company. It is said that 10th group has exclusive rights to the mold, however I contacted them a few years back with interest of having a couple made and after two weeks of searching the representative said they could no longer locate the mold. The gal did offer to make an impression mold if I sent in an original coin though.

The 10th group secretary has been using another company for the coins now for several years. I have seen the ones SFA has had for sale through the quartermaster in the past and there are many differences between them and known originals members have and carry. But If the original mold is found, And it can be authenticated I would be interested in having a current copy.

this day and age with all the fakes out there.... Just can't be too sure

longrange1947
11-24-2013, 09:03
With the early coins, weren't there two variations. One had just the Trojan Horse (like on Stras' avatar). And the other had the Trojan Horse DUI with the three lightning bolts?

When I got my coin in 68, there was but one design. Now I was at Devens when Col Greene did the coins, but do not know if another coin was made by Company A (later 1st Bn) in Germany. I left for 1st Group a few months later.

Stras
11-24-2013, 11:01
With the early coins, weren't there two variations. One had just the Trojan Horse (like on Stras' avatar). And the other had the Trojan Horse DUI with the three lightning bolts?

The only one that I've seen for 1-10th, has been the Trojan Horse with the 3 lightning bolts..

I have an SF DET EUR coin that has a replica of the Wooden Indian on it.

longrange1947
11-24-2013, 12:26
Stras, this is the coin I got in 1968 at Devens, it has only 1 lightning bolt.

Yes, that is my wife's, mine was "acquired" by another, but has my name on the back, waiting to have someone drop it on me.

Snaquebite
11-24-2013, 12:42
Stras, this is the coin I got in 1968 at Devens, it has only 1 lightning bolt.

Yes, that is my wife's, mine was "acquired" by another, but has my name on the back, waiting to have someone drop it on me.

Mine's the same...

Stras
11-24-2013, 12:54
Here's a replica of the 1-10 coin, and original 10th and SF DET EUR coins

The 1-10 coin reads.

1ST Special Forces BN
10th SFG(A)


Below the Trojan Horse reads Bad Tölz

Looking back at this.. I think split with the two coins would have coincided with the return of 10th SFG(A) (minus Company A (later re-designated 1-10 in 1972)) to CONUS in 1968..

Does anyone have a 10th SFG(A) coin that reads Bad Tölz below the Trojan Horse?

Does anyone have a Company A coin of the 1968 - 1971 time period?

Stras
11-24-2013, 13:03
I have done extensive research on this topic..

Robbins company of Massachusetts is accredited for minting the first 10th group coin circa 1967-1968. They are now merged with another company. It is said that 10th group has exclusive rights to the mold, however I contacted them a few years back with interest of having a couple made and after two weeks of searching the representative said they could no longer locate the mold. The gal did offer to make an impression mold if I sent in an original coin though,

That could tie in with the Group having the original mold story that I had heard back in the late 90's...

Interesting on your dates of 1967-68 for Massachusetts. 10th SFG(A) moved from Bad Tölz to Ft Devens in 1968.

longrange1947
11-24-2013, 13:05
The split to Devens minus Company A, was before there were Battalions in Special Forces. Tolz had Company A, and Devens had Companies B, C, and D as far as line companies, there was also a Headquarters Company for support if I remember correctly. The companies were broken down into B Teams and A teams, now ODAs. That split began in 67 and finished in 68.

Stras
11-24-2013, 13:09
The split to Devens minus Company A, was before there were Battalions in Special Forces. Tolz had Company A, and Devens had Companies B, C, and D as far as line companies, there was also a Headquarters Company for support if I remember correctly. The companies were broken down into B Teams and A teams, now ODAs.

you're correct. We have the photos on the wall that show circa 1972 the switch from Company A to 1st Battalion.

But I have found that it is easier to avoid confusion with some of the newer guys in explaining the history. then ease them into the part of Companies being Battalion size with an LTC for a Cdr, and team numbers that were single or two digit numbers, then evolved to three, and are now four digit numbers.

Still trying to get people to realize that the line companies were stationed at Prinz Heinrich Kaserne in Lenggries and not at Flint Kaserne.. Company A moved to Flint in 1968, after the Group moved to Ft. Devens.

Stras
11-24-2013, 13:18
Wasn't one of the organization using the one pfennig coin (1931-1945) as a "coin"?

longrange1947
11-24-2013, 14:51
Stras, sorry brother, I was actually aiming that the newer guys that may not of known that or had forgotten. As you stated, way too many really do not know that Battalions did not come on line until 72/73. I was in 1st Group and was TDY, imagine our surprise when we got back after 6 months away and Company C was non-existant and it was 2d Bn. In the 2 months from getting back and redeploying, many of us went through several units while on the same team. Crazy time. :D

orko
11-24-2013, 15:10
Stras, this is the coin I got in 1968 at Devens, it has only 1 lightning bolt.

Yes, that is my wife's, mine was "acquired" by another, but has my name on the back, waiting to have someone drop it on me.

definitly an origional coin there, think the confusion may not be with the design but from the manufacture

Stras
11-24-2013, 15:13
many of us went through several units while on the same team. Crazy time. :D

sounds like the mid-90's when we all had to change team numbers, so someone important would know what kind of team was showing up for the JCET..

orko
11-24-2013, 15:16
here are a couple images from the yearbook, which also is very simular to the ones the 10th group secretary has been procurring for years, notice the difference in coin edge, thickness of boarder and horse

orko
11-24-2013, 15:24
Not sure which mold bennett is referring to but if he has the one longrange's coin was cast from...put me down for one.

Stras
11-24-2013, 15:35
here are a couple images from the yearbook, which also is very simular to the ones the 10th group secretary has been procurring for years, notice the difference in coin edge, thickness of boarder and horse

Is that the 50th Yearbook that you are quoting?

Stras
11-24-2013, 15:38
Not sure which mold bennett is referring to but if he has the one longrange's coin was cast from...put me down for one.

go to the next SFA 4-24 meeting... and meet him if you haven't already.

longrange1947
11-24-2013, 15:42
Guys my error, I am going brain dead, I got mine in 70 and I believe the first purchase by Col Greene was in 69. They were numbered for the first 100 and made of solid silver. The dates 67-68 are when 10th displaced to Devens minus Company A and the Berlin team we called Det A. In 69 I called up Mrs. A and asked to get the hell of the hill and did not care where. She said call back and when I did she said I was now on levee for 10th. I said Germany cool, she said no Devens, I asked where the heck was that. The rest they say is history. Sorry for the date screw up, just getting old and have trouble with CRS. :D

orko
11-24-2013, 16:02
yes, the images are from the 50 year yearbook, but as you can see the images in the yearbook are fillers since there is no way the period coins were minted from the same mold as the one pictured. a coin check at one of the 4-24 SFA meetings would prove this (although they would all match longrange's coin).

I recall a framed pic in the command groups office with a couple coins in there aswell and a bit of history behind the coin, but those arn't from the same mold as the originals either, reproductions.

I have met don, cool guy. just not sure what mold he is referring to. .

orko
11-24-2013, 16:13
Col Greene was in command from Sept 68-Jul 1970, first 100 coins were from sterling silver sn on coin edge, with an "r" for manufacture halmark...came in a case like this:
;)
proceeds were used to purchase a german wood carved statue

orko
11-24-2013, 16:18
second batch (since it was such a hit) was made of a cheaper material to bring the cost down, silver coating.

along with one in carried condition

longrange1947
11-24-2013, 20:07
Col Greene was in command from Sept 68-Jul 1970, first 100 coins were from sterling silver sn on coin edge, with an "r" for manufacture halmark...came in a case like this:
;)
proceeds were used to purchase a german wood carved statue

And that is the one I wanted. :)

fred111
11-25-2013, 09:21
I left 10th for 8th in April 72 and have the exact same coin as longrange1947. I also have one of the newer ones and it is much different. I would also like to get one of the originals if anyone can find the mold.

orko
11-25-2013, 19:26
Current issue coin, picked this up today...its the version available through the SFA and group secretary. this one was manufactured through a company called blackington

x SF med
11-27-2014, 05:34
I got my first 10th Group coin from SGM Caviaini when I signed in at Group HQ during in-processing ('84). It was lost a few years ago in a sailing accident... MTN Goat replaced it for me (got 2 just in case) ... Now I need to find a place that has one of the old style engravers to get the info put on the 'new' coins. I had one done at a mall 'engraving shop and it sure is no nearly as deep as the what was done at Devens.

My most prized coin is from 2007, SGM Caviaini presented me with one of his MoH coins after SHOT... long story, TS, TR, AM, BrianH, Prester John and a couple of others were there... that was an interesting week in Orlando...

Hognose
12-05-2014, 21:53
here are a couple images from the yearbook, which also is very simular to the ones the 10th group secretary has been procurring for years, notice the difference in coin edge, thickness of boarder and horse

That coin is the one I obtained from the S1 shop on arrival in 12/2980 or more probably whilst inprocessing in 1/ or 2/1981. I showed up for duty in MI company as a leg and was immediately exported to Benning and Jump School. I didn't get to SFQC until 1983. By then I'd been through several coins.

They would fall out of a guy's pocket when he disrobed to please some chick from Disco Devens while pulling CQ/DNCO in the building.

I probably ought to amass coins from the units I was in, now that I'm long retarded.

In the early 1980s, the coin was still unknown outside of SF. And nobody said "Hooah" anywhere except around lots of Ragnars. Now every national guard independent heavy typewriter company has its own coin, and the freakin' Family Support Group hooahs all over the place.

Bennett
12-12-2014, 13:20
Stras, this is the coin I got in 1968 at Devens, it has only 1 lightning bolt.

Yes, that is my wife's, mine was "acquired" by another, but has my name on the back, waiting to have someone drop it on me.

We sell the same one, may be a little more detailed, here's the 60th.

Nubsnstubs
01-02-2015, 10:15
go to the next SFA 4-24 meeting... and meet him if you haven't already.

Stras, sorry about being late to this party, but what is the significane of the 4-24 meetings, and where are they held???? Jerry Marcantel

psherlin
01-02-2015, 20:06
I was in the 10th from 1973-1983 and had a silver coin which I'll be damn if I can find it now. Are they still selling them in silver?

Stras
01-17-2015, 21:28
Stras, sorry about being late to this party, but what is the significane of the 4-24 meetings, and where are they held???? Jerry Marcantel

Special Forces Association has chapters throughout the US.

Stras
01-17-2015, 21:31
I was in the 10th from 1973-1983 and had a silver coin which I'll be damn if I can find it now. Are they still selling them in silver?

Don't believe silver coins have been made since the early 80's..

We're looking into having the 1-10th SFG(A) silver coins made... But still looking for the original coin manufacturer (and hopefully the mold) in Germany.

Nonstop24/7
05-04-2017, 16:54
I left C Company, A32 10th SFG in December 1963 with A Company and HS
in Bad Toelz, and Companies B,C & D in Lengreis
Nonstop 24/7

harryd56
05-08-2017, 19:27
Don't know if this helps but, I believe the Robbins Co. from Attleboro, Mass made coins. I have no idea if they are even still in operation.

Hand
05-09-2017, 08:38
Just noticed this thread. I know a gentlemen connected to the Army Heraldry dept in Ft Bellview. If you are still looking, pm me and I can get you in touch with him. If he doesn't know, he can find out.

tom kelly
06-04-2017, 23:37
I was at Ft. Bragg for All American Week last week stayed at Moon Hall and had the chance to meet SF soldiers who were staying at Moon Hall while attending NCO training at the schoolhouse. One of the SF soldiers gave me a "Poker Chip" which is their challenge coin. Not made from metal or plastic but same material the casino poker chips are made from.Different from the usual metal coins that have been around forever. Regard's, Tom Kelly