According to The Washington Post, Donald Trump has made a number of changes to what is known as the presidential “challenge coin,” including replacing the U.S. motto “E pluribus unum” that appears on currency with his campaign slogan “Make America Great Again.”
The Latin phrase “E pluribus unum” means “out of many, one.” Now, the coin features “Make America Great Again” on both sides.
A number of other changes were made to the coin, which presidents have handed out as momentos for over twenty years. The 13 arrows representing the original 13 colonies have been removed, and Trump’s name appears three times on the coin, which is much thicker than its predecessors. And as one White House aide told The Post, the coin is “very gold,” adding that Trump “wanted to weigh in on” its design.
A second White House aide told The Post that the coins will “be used in ways they haven’t been in the past,” which included being distributed at rallies and to donors.
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The coin is often gifted to members of the military, and ethics experts questioned to The Post the inclusion of Trump’s campaign slogan.
“For the commander in chief to give a political token with a campaign slogan on it to military officers would violate the important principle of separating the military from politics, as well as diminishing the tradition of the coin,” Trevor Potter, a Republican former chairman of the Federal Election Commission, told The Post.