81st Security Police/Forces Sq RAF Bentwaters/Woodbridge UK Air Force Challenge Coin
Condition: New old stock.
The coin is 1 1/2 inches in diameter.
This challenge coin for sale is a Type 1, first version made. The second image, in this ad, of the eagle side of the coin is an example of a Type 2 coin (NOT for sale, only for collector reference). This coin is a rare older coin with less than 300 each made of both Type 1 and Type 2. Circa 1992.
Initials of the Unit Designer/Creator of 81st SP challenge coin: MT.
Antique Bronze Type 1 = 291
Antique Bronze Type 2 = 277
.999 Fine Silver Type 2 = 20
There were two orders placed in early 1992, Type 1 was the initial coin made, and a couple months later fixes were made to the eagle, and the diecast was changed to create Type 2.
This coin was made prior to RAF Bentwaters and RAF Woodbridge (AKA, Twin Bases), closed and the units either de-activated or moved to new locations. Note, this coin was made before Security Police were changed to Security Forces in the US Air Force.
It is a Don K. Phillips (DKP) original challenge coin.
Manufacturer: Green Duck Corp. Hernando, MS, USA.
Also of note:
RAF Bentwaters is also near the location of the alleged December 1980 UFO incident in Rendlesham Forest.