The Guardian Angel AA Coin

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The Guardian Angel AA Coin

During the years of my active addiction in drinking there was no room in my thinking for the idea of supernatural beings that were sent to intervene in the lives of human beings.  Something like The Guardian Angel AA Coin might as well have been placed right beside Smurfs and Transformers, imaginary.  Yet, certain time after being sober and taught to listen and watch I began to think a bit differently.  And today after 12 years, 11 months and 16 days of continuous recovery from alcoholism I have quite a different view.  I believe in angels.  Many spiritual experiences later my ability to deny that something was going on outside of my physical ability to sense things began to become clear and understandable.  And in my alcoholic thinking I suppose I thought I might figure out how one works so that I could seek to use it to my benefit!  Yeah,  that didn’t quite pan out either.

The Guardian Angel AA coin serves as a wonderful reminder that God is at work in the lives of those that have turned to God.  The Guardian Angel AA Coin is in a classification of AA Coins known as Affirmation Coins.  They are used to reaffirm the recovering alcoholic along their journey of certain truths that are important on the journey.

The Guardian Angel AA Coin features an intricately designed angel on the front appearing with the circle triangle symbol that is synonymous with recovery in Alcoholics Anonymous.  The powerful reminder in large type on the reverse proclaiming “Guardian angel at my side to light and guard to rule and guide”.  These beautiful coins are offered in bronze as well as a stunning Tri-plate version.  These make a wonderful gift of encouragement to men and women in recovery from any addiction or affliction.

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Long before I ever understood the concept behind the host of heaven my sponsor acted plainly as a guardian angel in my recovery from alcoholism.  He was someone watching over my recovery from day to day and helping me to avoid pit falls and traps that I could not see nor understand were a danger to me.  One day maybe I will order one of these triplated versions to honor his hard work in helping me grow up in AA.

The 1 Month AA Coin

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The 1 Month Alcoholics Anonymous Coin

Having begun the journey of a lifetime in recovery from alcoholism, achieving 1 month and receiving the 1 Month AA Coin seems like an absolute miracle to the real alcoholic who has suffered slavery to alcohol and experienced the torment of the internal condition after alcohol has quit working to medicate.

Limited research on the selection of color choices for the AA sobriety coins produced no real results.  If you have found further information on this and would like to offer it please add a comment to the comments section of this page!  The 1 Month AA Coins come in Red in Both Bright Star Press and Wendells varieties.  In contrast to the Silver 24 Hour Coin, the 1 Month AA Coin boldly declares a warning seldom headed by its recipients “Danger, rough times ahead”.  In my early days of recovery I began to feel a sense of purpose and camaraderie in the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous.  The feeling that a solution to the problem of not fitting in and not belonging anywhere began to subside as I listened to the stories of others and watched as people received their AA coins.  Someone was always getting a fresh start with an AA 24 Hour Coin while every few meetings there would be one or two who received 1 Month AA Coins, 2 Month AA Coins, 3 Month AA Coins and sometimes AA Coins for multiple of years!  ‘How is that possible?’, I thought.  I had to admit that I was struggling.  I had received my 1 Month AA Coin but my whole world had fallen apart.  How was I to make it through with all the wreckage my life had become?  Yet I could not deny that I had made it through 1 Month of sobriety and had even experienced some good times with my new found friends in Alcoholics Anonymous.  ‘Just Stay Sober!’, they said, followed by “One Day At A Time!“.

The two most popular vendors for AA 1 Month Coins each have a distinct and varied traits in their designs though they both use much of the same.  Bright Star Press (pictured left) features a brighter more vibrant color in an anodized finish while the Wendells coin have a deeper more somber color in a Kalodized finish.  The inner circle on the BSP 1 Month Coin also consists of 12 line segments that represent the 12 principles of recovery.  Each sport the three legacies of AA in their own unique style.  I personally tend to prefer BSP over Wendells but to each their own as beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

As we leave off the 1 Month AA Coin and all that it represents in the work of the recovering alcoholic to submit to a new way of life following the suggestions of proven sober experience, let us head toward the brilliant Gold of 2 Months!

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The 24 Hour Coin

The 24 Hour Coin

The Beginning of the Sober Journey

Everyone who begins the path to recovery from alcoholism begins the journey the same.  It starts with the first 24 hours…one day.  Therefore the 24 hour coin represents the building block of a life of recovery….one day at a time.  The 24 hour coin itself has no special power but it serves as a reminder of where the sober journey began and the simplicity of living one day at a time, one moment at a time and when need be one breath at a time.

Who would have ever thought 24 hours could mean so much?  What’s in a day anyway?  Ask anyone who has recovered from the alcoholic obsession and they will say “It means EVERYTHING!”.  The nay sayers say that Rome wasn’t built in a day but we answer “No! But it was built one day at a time…”.  You see, my friend, if we are willing to do something for a day then we are willing to do it for a lifetime.  Just for today we shall stay sober.

The Official AA website attributes the start of the tradition to hand out coins at meetings like the 24 hour coin to Indianapolis, Indiana around 1942.  Over a period of time as the practice spread various designs were crafted and a network of suppliers began to emerge.  Today sites like The Token Shop have made the ordering easy and convenient with fast delivery.  It is amazing to consider how such a fellowship like Alcoholics Anonymous could spring up from just two alcoholics talking with one another to become an enormous entity that supports so many people and changes so many lives.  But let us not forget that it all began with one drunk who stayed sober for one day.  And he didn’t even have a 24 hour coin!

I often wonder if anyone ever got him one when they came out?

Nevertheless,  Wendells INC produces a wonderful series that also includes a 24 hour coin called founders tokens.  Each coin having an image of the two, Bill W. and Bob S. each on either side of the triangle that represents the three legacies of AA, Unity, Service and Recovery.

As time has progressed there have been as many types of 24 hour coins produced as one could dream of having!  They can be bought in aluminum, bronze, bi-plate, tri-plate, gold or silver plated and even gold and silver plated tri-plate coins.  You can spend as little as $0.25 or as much as $100.00 on a single coin.  I perfer to keep it simple.  The $0.25 Wendells 24 hour coin from The Token Shop does everything I need it to do and more.  Twelve years and six months sober as of this writing and I have long since began to collect bronze yearly tokens.  Yet I always get excited when doing annaversaries at meetings when I ask if anyone is celebrating 24 hours and someone says they are because I know the secret lies behind what the 24 hour coin symbolizes….and that is the willingness to stay sober One Day at a Time!

If your new to recovery and reading this, it is strongly suggested that you attend local AA meetings, get a sponsor and work the program of recovery as outlined in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.  You may ask why you need a sponsor.  Sponsors are people who, like Bill W and Dr Bob, help guide the process and give clear instructions as to how to stay sober.  So I ask why not get one?