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I have a NRA coin the whitetail deer. My question is not how much it worth but the background. What they stand for? Why they were handed out?

NRA Medallion
NRA Medallion  

Tried to look for an answer, because I wasn't familiar with the piece. First, it is a token or medallion, not a coin. Coin term is used for a medium of exchange and issued by a country. These pieces were struck by a private mint for profit. It is possible a part of the proceeds from the sale was given to the NRA.

Here is what I found: NRA Classic Collector's Series - The collection features 8 matte finish, bronze, 1-5/8 inch diameter, medallions inside a black velvet booklet. The back of each piece features the NRA eagle emblem with crossed rifles. The front(s) of seven feature a different wildlife species: Mountain Lion, Grizzly, Elk, Whitetail Deer, Big Horn Sheep, Pronghorn and Moose. The eighth is a commemorative of the M1903 Rifle Series.(Origin and age of this collection is unknown.)

In addition, I found the NRA awards system provides a gold medallion to the regional shooting winner if there are five shooters, a silver medallion if there are at least 10 shooters, and a bronze medallion if there are at least 15 shooters. Sponsors are given the opportunity to purchase additional medallions, and the NRA will continue to provide team awards as well.

The Northwest Territorial Mint offers NRA medallions, see:  and

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Ronald Fern


I can answer most all questions relating to US coins, tokens, and currency. I'm not strong on world coins or ancients. Primary field of expertise is errors and varieties. Over 55 years experience in coin collecting. Part time dealer since 1976. Employed by McDonnell Douglas/Boeing for over 34 years as an Industrial Engineer/Technical Specialist before retiring in 2002.


Worked weekends for "Lonesome" John in the late 1960's to mid 1970's processing error coins, packaging, and preparing orders. Worked with John Devine and Fred Weinberg on several California Error A Rama's in the early 1970's. Served as display judge at annual Error-A-Rama coin shows. Opened and operated mail order coin business DBA "CAL ERRORS" in 1976. Contributor to Alan Herbert's "Official Price Guide To Mint Errors" and Fivaz/Stanton "Cherrypickers' Guide". Worked Saturdays at Huntington Beach Coin Exchange 1980-1999. Had table and sold coins at a number of coin and gun shows in So CA, AZ and NV. Sell coins, tokens and currency on Facebook. Past "Errorscope" Editor. Presently CONECA Examiner.


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