Airborne Coin

Airborne Coin In the pocket of every member of the Airborne Regiment, if you are lucky enough to be allowed to see it, you will find his most prized possession, his coin. The Airborne coin is not something that is easily obtained, it must be earned.

Airborne Coin An Airborne soldier must carry his coin with him at all times. At any time, another soldier can “coin” you by producing their coin. If you can’t produce your coin, you must buy a round of drinks for every soldier who produces a coin in response to the challenge. If however, everyone produces a coin, it falls on the challenger to buy the round.

Airborne soldiers can be coined in the most unlikely places like the shower, during “check- your-equipment,” while walking down the aisle after being married or even after being pulled over by a cop who noticed the Airborne bumper sticker on your car!

Regimental Standing Orders spell out the issue and allotment of the coins;

GENERAL: “The Paratrooper Coin” – it shall be customary for serving and former members of The Canadian Airborne Regiment and its Battle Group to have this coin always on their person. Failure to produce the Paratrooper Coin when challenged by a possessor of the coin shall entail a forfeit, normally a round of drinks.

DESCRIPTION: The coin is similar in size, weight and appearance to a silver dollar. The obverse side bears the Regimental crest, the reverse side the collar badge and a riband bearing the recipient’s name.

ENGRAVING: On the riband is engraved the last three digits of the SIN, surname and initials. Cost of the engraving is to be borne by the holder.

SUPPLY: The Paratrooper Coins are serialized and controlled by the Regimental Secretariat. New arrivals to the Regiment will be presented with the coin on successful completion of the Airborne Indoctrination Course or after serving on posting with the Regiment or Battle Group for one year. Past members of the Regiment or Battle Group may apply to purchase the coin from the Regimental Kit Shop with a remittance of $5.00.

REPLACEMENTS: Though it is not considered likely that an Airborne soldier could lose his coin, if this situation occurs he may purchase a replacement coin. The replacement coin will carry the same number as the original with the addition of an “R”. Replacement coins may be acquired from the Kit Shop at a cost of $25.00.

Lost and Found Coins

Now that the Regiment has been disbanded, the responsibility for replacing lost coins and for re-uniting found coins with their owners has fallen on the Airborne Kitshop.

Any member who has served with an Airborne unit from 1942 onwards can request a new or replacement coin from the Airborne Kitshop.

If you have found a coin, please contact the Kitshop so that it can be returned to its owner.

12 Responses to “Airborne Coin”

  1. on 21 Mar 2009 at 3:18 pmPaul White

    Was at the The Southworks Market In Cambridge Ontario bearing # 3768 Airborne coin ( this is an Antique Market)

  2. on 04 Nov 2009 at 8:33 pmAl

    I have found an Airborne coin. Links here for found coins are dead. How do I return this to its owner?

  3. on 28 Dec 2010 at 2:50 amdanny mcallister

    i would like to know how to get a replacement coin for the Airborne Indoctrination course i took in 1986 . please let me know where i can go to apply for a replacement one thank you
    Airborne all the way hooowaaww


  4. on 28 Jun 2012 at 2:52 pmMichael McCloy

    Hello. My name is Michael McCloy. I was in the Airborne course 8910. I passed this course and qualified with my 6th jump during this course. I how ever did not receive an Airborne coin. I am not sure if I was supposed to, or not. Can you give me some information on this?

    Thank you.
    Michael McCloy.

    306-979-2125 / 306-202-7660

  5. on 12 Nov 2013 at 6:16 pmcpl dixon

    I own coin number 1806. 1977 airborne 3 cdo and 2 cdo

  6. on 27 Jan 2014 at 3:14 pmDonald Comeau

    Michael sorry to tellyou Bud but you have to have served with the regiment and passed your Airborne indoc course before getting issued your numbered course sorry jumper

  7. on 27 Jan 2014 at 3:16 pmDonald Comeau

    oops I meant coin not course

  8. on 14 Jul 2014 at 8:12 amAlain Joseph Larocque

    I was with the Airborne battery from 1974 till 1976… I lost my coin but I do not remember my number,,, How can I find it?


  9. on 21 Jul 2016 at 9:31 pmKres Milan

    I served in the Canadian Airborne Regiment from 1992. I have lost my Challenge Coin and I don’t remember my number. Can you help me?

  10. on 21 Jul 2016 at 9:33 pmKres Milan

    I served in the Canadian Airborne Regiment from 1992. I have lost my Challenge Coin and I don’t remember my number. Can you help me?
    I do believe the serial number started 42……

  11. on 14 Jan 2020 at 5:49 pmMoores GJ

    Good day,
    For unfortunate reasons I am in requirement of a replacement coin. I was with 2 commando from 1990- 1993.
    Please advise for replacement.
    Gerard Moores CD (retired)

  12. on 13 Jun 2020 at 12:36 pmAnonymous

    I believe official website for Canadian Airborne Forces is now?

    To order coin click on:
    – Media
    – Kit Shop Promotions
    – Paratrooper Coin

    To find out your coin number maybe try contacting them?
    That webpage for the Paratrooper Coin has contact phone and email address at top left corner.


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