Set of 2 30 Day Recovery Coin Chip Medallion Token AA Days
Recovery Coin Chip Medallion Medal Token
New Set of 2 Coins
Known the world over for their distinctive design
and lasting message, These Classic Anniversary
medallions are an essential piece of recovery
history. With great pride we bring these medallions
to you and your group members to help encourage,
inspire and celebrate milestones in recovery.
Each medallion is die-struck in high quality bronze
ensuring a lifetime of beauty and durability. We
offer a medallion for every monthly and yearly
milestone to allow every person to receive a gift of
achievement of their personal goal
Have you ever wondered how the custom of handing out
Raised Center AA medallions began?
The story behind this tradition is a story of innovation and strength of the recovery fellowship.
One of the brightest highlights in Wendell’s history is our role in the area of support for the
millions of people worldwide who have fought and are still fighting the battle of addiction. In
early 1973, Bill Westman, a recovering alcoholic wanted to do something to fortify the will of the
groups and individuals he spoke with. Bill designed and had Wendell’s produce a coin bearing
the two large A’s on one side of the medallion and the Serenity Prayer on the reverse. His advice
to all was to “carry this in your pocket or purse and when temptation is great, reach into your
pocket and feel the medallion and remember your struggle to get this far”. Thousands of the
medallions were given to individuals and attendees of his Founders Group. Always thinking of
his fellow members, Bill decided he wanted a design that would have individual meaning for
each person who carried one. He knew the medallion as originally designed would feel much like
change in the pocket or purse so he changed the design by adding a raised center with the actual
time the person had been sober.
The process of making the medallion with the raised center was labor intensive as each medal
lion had to have the raised center soldered onto the coin and the demand for the medallion was
soon overwhelming. Bill worked with Wendell’s and developed the one piece, die struck circle/
triangle medallion with the anniversary in Roman numerals in the center raised section. When
designing his new medallion, Bill used the phrase “To Thine Own Self Be True” as he felt every
recovering person should make their journey to sobriety a personal responsibility. Bill used “The
Man In The Glass” as a guideline for his own sobriety and felt if he could “look that man in
the face”, he would be successful in his journey. Bill chose to surround the circle/triangle with
the wording “Recovery, Unity, Service” as they exemplify the meaning of one’s commitment to
sobriety. The process of producing these medallions may have changed through the years but the
commitment of the man who inspired them remains the same. We are aware that the medallion
has been copied and although that is a form of flattery, the intent and fellowship that goes into
Wendell’s medallions can never be duplicated because they are inspired by a man who although
struggling with his own addiction wanted to offer support to others.
This item is a great gift for members of AA or other recovery programs to commemorate time of sobriety.
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