Secret Service members are reportedly exchanging challenge coins that take a jab at the ongoing partial government shutdown.
CNN’s Jake Tapper posted an image of the coins to Twitter on Wednesday, saying that they are being distributed among personnel and their families.
The image reported by CNN shows one side of the coin that features an image of the star-shaped Secret Service emblem with a red “no” symbol reading “Shut Happens.” Text running around the coin's border reads "United States Secret Service" and "Essential Personnel."
According to the image, the coin's other side features an image of the Capitol building overlaid with a graphic of an illuminated neon sign reading “CLOSED.” The text on the border of that side reads: “Don’t worry, you’ll get backpay.”
Photos of special challenge coins being distributed among Secret Service personnel and their families, expressing frustration at the requirement they work without pay because of the government shutdown pic.twitter.com/0Toz1zpiIV— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 23, 2019
CNN notes that agents or other personnel pay for the challenge coins on their own and are not official. Such coins have historically been collectable items that originated in the military, according to the outlet.
The Hill has reached out to the Secret Service for comment.
Secret Service personnel are among the estimated 800,000 federal workers either furloughed or working without pay during the shutdown, which has now lasted for over a month. President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new social media network called 'TRUTH Social' Virginia State Police investigating death threat against McAuliffe Meadows hires former deputy AG to represent him in Jan. 6 probe: report MORE signed a bill earlier this month guaranteeing that furloughed workers will receive backpay. That bill does not cover federal contractors, though lawmakers have been working to secure backpay for them as well.
The coins mimic those that are exchanged by members of the military, as well as other government agencies. Trump, like past presidents, has a commemorative presidential coin, though his reads “Make America Great Again” instead of the national motto, “E pluribus unum.”