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Challenge Coins - What are They and How are They Used?
The original purpose of the challenge coin was to recognize the outstanding acts of Special Forces, boost their morale and build camaraderie. Today challenge coins are used by all military and law enforcement units.
Appearance of challenge coins
A challenge coin is a small coin or medallion that bears the emblem or insignia of the organization or club it represents. Members of that organization will wear it to prove their membership.
History of Challenge Coins
The history of the challenge coin began in World War I. Each member of an American flying squadron owned a bronze medallion. While in German captivity, an American flying squadron member was able to escape, but later was recaptured by the French. The French almost executed the American not knowing he was a friend. Fortunately one of the French recognized the bronze medallion that the American was wearing and spared his life.
A tradition emerged during and after World War 1 that squadron members must always carry their coin. This tradition was cemented when a member challenged another member to show his coin. If that member could not show his coin, he would have to buy the challenger a drink of his choice. If the coin was shown, the member who initially challenged him would have to buy the drink. This tradition continued many years following World War I.
Popularity of Challenge Coins Today
The challenge coin today still represents the unity and strong ties between members of the same military unit. It's popularity now includes police and fire departments, scout troops, church groups, schools, weddings, colleges, etc. Challenge coins are often customized to suit a specific club or organization.
Challenge Coins may also be called Unit Coins, Unit Challenge Coins, Military Unit Coins, Commander’s Coins, Honor Coins, and Pride Coins.
Create a customized coin for your organization
If you want to promote unity, morality and camaraderie within your club or organization, consider creating a customized challenge coin for each of your members. It can easily be created at affordable prices.
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