The 9 Most Unanswered Questions about Coins

All About Alcoholics Anonymous Coins, Chips and Tokens

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) aims to help individual alcoholics in achieving personal recovery and sobriety, and developing the policy of cooperation with other organizations greatly concerned with alcoholism problems. Although its members can participate in these types of activities, Alcoholic Anonymous does not engage in the fields of alcoholism medical or psychiatric treatment, research, and education, or either advocacy in any form. In AA, they have what is called as “sobriety date” which is the date when a person last had his last drink or used drugs or the date he cleaned up or sobered up from his last debauch. Handling out small AA medallions called “chips” are followed by some AA groups, marking the different anniversaries of AA, NA, and CA member’s sobriety dates.

Many AA members, especially newcomers, carry an AA chip with them, serving as a constant reminder of their promise and commitment to stay clean, free or sober. A “desire chip” is usually handed to a newcomer, that signifies the desire of the recipient to stay clean and sober for the next twenty-four hours. To determine the length of years a person has been sober, small AA medallions are handed out and kept with varying lengths such as 1, 2 ,3, 6 and 9 months, years and multiple if years. The traditions that Alcoholics Anonymous fellowships are engaged to such a giving out of medallions, chip system, anniversaries and birthdays may vary from one AA fellowship to another. AA sobriety coins are also given to 12 step group members which represent the length of time an AA member has remained sober. The AA medallion’ size is similar to a poker chip (33mm for standard), that marks the sobriety time a member achieved for abstaining from alcohol or drugs while in the program. AA medallions, chips and coins do not have a granted or approved logo neither Alcoholics Anonymous have any official AA medallion or chip.

The thirteen basic coins given to AA members on their first year include the white chip (1 day or 24 hours known as desire chip), silver chip (30 days or 1 month), dark gold chip (60 days or 2 months), red chip (90 days or 3 months), yellow chip (6 months), green chip (9months) and blue chip (1 year). Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of people who are sharing their experiences, hope, and strength with each other in order to solve their common problems and help others to be able to recover from alcoholism. Other AA medallions, coins, and chips may come in metals such as silver, copper, bronze, aluminum and gold. Feel free to view our website for more information about AA medallions, coins and chips.