Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin Coin
USCG HH-65 Dolphin
As the principal short-range aviation platform of the U.S. Coast Guard, the HH-65A Dolphin is essential to the success of the Coast Guard mission.
This state-of-the art helicopter boasts several unique features, including a shrouded tail rotor and a sophisticated computerized flight management system, which allows for automatic flight control. The highly skilled Dolphin pilots can engage this system to bring the aircraft to a stable hover 50 feet above a selected object, maximizing their ability to sight search targets, even in total darkness or inclement weather. Made from corrosion-resistant composite materials, the twin-engine Dolphin weighs less than 10,000 pounds and can operate at speeds in excess of 150 knots for up to three hours.
This coin pays tribute to the HH-65A Dolphin and salutes all those who help maximize this aircraft's enormous potential. The obverse features a Dolphin in mid-flight conducting a rescue operation. The reverse includes an open area suitable for engraving. Minted in brass and brushed with an antique finish, this coin was struck using special "splash" dies, which allow for exceptionally deep relief.
Each coin comes packaged with a detailed header card that describes the innovative design and impressive features of the HH-65 Dolphin, the Coast Guard's elite search and rescue platform.