||Apparently, "ASH' was a shortened version of the common Nationalist slogan "Out Of The Ashes Arose The Provisionals." The coin's purpose was to protect the bearer from IRA neighborhood patrols (ASU), and was known as a "friends token." Given to Collector by a friend, an apparent IRA volunteer abbreviated as P McG who lived on Linden St. in Belfast March 10, 1971. Later in Collector's notes there was mention of "P" being shot dead in a gun battle with British soldiers. The entry was dated April 4, 1972. Seller believes this was the same man who gave him the "ASH" coin.