Alcoholics Anonymous Rare Vintage AA 2yr Sobriety Coin

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  • Item Category: Fraternal, Political, Organizations
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Feb 21,2007
  • Channel: Online Auction
My Personal, Rare, Vintage,
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) 2 year
Chip/ Medallion/Coin given to me in 1983
This coin has the AA logo on the front and The Serenity Prayer on the Back, with AA in the middle of a circle. It is 1 1/4 across.
Front side says "To Thine Own Self Be True" around top. "Unity Service Recovery" around triangle. Roman numeral II inside a circle.
Back has the Serenity prayer and AA in a circle.
Coin has the warmth of a worn patina from handling. It is darker than it looks in the photo. Good condition but not mint.
The use of the AA logo on sobriety coins was discontinued when AA filed a lawsuit in the eighties to protect their logo. When they won, the use of the AA logo on "sobriety" anniversary coins, chips and medallions was discontinued by companies like Hazelton who made them.
When I got sober in 1981 I was given a 1981 silver dollar by my Sponsor. This was the tradition at that time. People added gemstones around the edge each year they stayed sober. I have seen many who had run out of space and were working on an inner circle. This gave me hope! By 1982 coins were being handed-out so my collection of coins begins with a 2 year coin.
I am getting older now, sixty-six years old and have 26 years sobriety this month. That is what happens if you don't drink, one day at a time. :)
I want my vintage coins to be passed on. No one in my family wants them. They would make a great gift for a Sponsored Member or AA friend since you can't get this kind anymore. Or, you could fill in the gaps of your own collection. I am reposting for bid my 2, 4, (I have two of these four some reason) 6 , 8,10 (I sold one 10 but discovered I have another) 11 and 12 yearscoins. By year thirteen I was no longer given one of this type. The missing years indicate ones that I had "passed on" to others on their birthday.
I will ship priority mail and pack carefully and add just $1.00 for handling. Insurance is optional. Out of country costs will be higher to ship. Ask me. Washington State residents must pay the Governor 8.3% tax. Look carefully as I cannot take returns.
Blessings and love go-out to whomever gets this coin! If you are happy you are sober don't forget to tell your face and SMILE.