The Story of the Coins
These brilliant uncirculated cons were decommissioned by Saddam Hussein at the end of the first Gulf War. For 10 years they lay in bags on the floor of a number of Basra banks. The coins were sold off in London and the proceeds from the sale benefited a Basra orphanage and a British Commonwealth graveyard, both decimated under Saddam.
These coins did a lot of good for the children of that orphanage in Basra, and now they are doing a lot of good for our troops. After changing hands a couple of times, Products for Good (PFG) acquired the entire collection, all 70,000 pounds. PFG has created two patriotic shadowboxes containing the coins with both a two coin, and four coin option.
Vocational workers assembling the shadowboxes In an effort to have the coins continue to do good as much as possible, PFG has engaged Cleveland Vocations Industries (CVI) to do the assembly of the products. CVI is a facility which provides work opportunities for individuals with barriers to entry into the traditional workforce. The workers at CVI take such pride in making a contribution and great self-satisfaction from being able to provide for themselves. PFG is excited and privileged to have CVI participating in the project.
In addition, Products for Good has a goal to raise over $20 million for the families of our fallen and wounded heroes. A percentage of every dollar (before any expenses are paid) is sent immediately to charities such as Tragedy Assistance Project for Survivors (TAPS), Helping a Hero and The Gerald T. Parks Memorial Foundation. PFG has had a chance to see the money work and the people it has helped so far and knows that the work it is doing is necessary and worthwhile.
The coins are mounted with gloved hands and housed in a commemorative shadowbox. The shadowboxes display the word "freedom" in Arabic with the following definition below it:
Freedom: n 1) The state of being free from constraints. 2) Political Independence. 3) Free will.
We understand that freedom is not free and we want to do what we can to make things a little easier for those who have made sacrifices for our freedoms.