Obverse Design

The center design is an old Spanish Galleon, which is the insignia of the U.S. Army South. Under the ship is the legend "PANAMA". Around the ship are ten different insignia. At the top is a propeller with wings. This is the insignia of the Army Aviation Corps. On the upper right are two crossed pistols. This is the insignia of the Military Police Corps. Next down on the right is a castle with two towers. This is the insignia of the Corps of Engineers. On the lower right is a bomb with a flame coming out, the "shell and flame" insignia of the Ordinance Corps. Next down is an eagle on a wheel with a crossed sword and key, the insignia of the Quartermaster's Corps. At the bottom is an eagle with spread wings and a circle above the eagle. A banner over the eagle says "U.S. ARMY GARRISON" and a banner below the eagle says "PANAMA". Toward the bottom on the lower left are two crossed rifles. This is the insignia of the Infantry. Next up on the left is a ship's steering wheel with a shield superimposed on it, and on the shield a winged car wheel. This is the insignia of the Transportation Corps. On the left further up is a stylized sun concealing a a dagger pointing up. This is the Military Intelligence insignia. Lastly on the upper left are crossed flags with a torch, the insignia of the Signal Corps. The coin has a smooth plain raised edge, and a plain and smooth background.

Reverse Design

The center of the reverse has an inner circle with a plain smooth rim. Inside this inner circle is a picture of the "Bridge of the Americas" which crosses the Panama Canal, thus linking North and South America. This bridge was originally call the Ferry Thatcher Bridge. In the foreground under the bridge is a smooth raised rectangle where the name of the recipient could be engraved.

Legend along the upper edge of the coin says "THEATER SUPPORT BRIGADE". The legend along the bottom edge of the coin says "LINKING THE AMERICAS" in quotes. Dividing the upper and bottom legends are two circles with a design inside. The design may be a Spanish Galleon - it is hard to make out. The coin has a smooth plain raised edge, and a plain and smooth background.

Metal Unknown metal with a bronze finish. Weight Unknown. Size and Shape Round, 47 mm in diameter.
Dates Issued Unknown, by 1999.
Issuer Theater Support Brigade, Panama.
Mintage Unknown.
Rarity Scarce. Manufacturer Unknown. Source Plowman collection.
Varieties None known.
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