Military coins carry many interesting stories from the past. Each symbol engraved in them is an insignia of an organization or a significant event. These coins are truly adored by coin collectors and historians. With their elegant velvet cases, they can be the centerpiece of your collections. They can serve as a conversation starter, a special gift, or unique souvenirs for your pals.
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Challenge coins also work as promotional devices. ChallengeCoins4Less.com will customize your coins exactly as how you want them to be. Soldiers were the first to use these coins. Actually, military units used challenge coins in six different ways including the following:
1. A booster for soldier’s morale
This story is dated back from Ancient Rome. During those times, soldiers were paid with coins, but for soldiers who exhibited valor and excellence in their service, there is a special bonus coin. The bonus coin is engraved with the insignia of the legion where it was from. It is not to be spent. The coins act as motivation for soldiers to serve wholeheartedly for their country.
2. A squadron insignia
A wealthy American lieutenant, during the World War I, decided to buy medallions for his squadron to serve as their insignia. Most members of his squadron were college students from different prestigious universities in America who left school to serve in the war; one became the pilot of one of the American aircrafts. When this pilot received his coin, he placed it inside a leather pouch which he attached in a lanyard. He then tied the lanyard around his neck. On one of his missions, his aircraft crashed in the German territory, causing him to be captured by the Germans.
Fortunately, he got the chance to flee from his captors. However, he was again held captive but this time, by the Frenchmen. When he found out that he was about to be executed, the American pilot took his final chance and present his coin to his French captors, hoping that they would recognize the insignia engraved on it. One of his captors recognized it and so, he was released and even invited to a drink.
The story of this American pilot was the most popular story of challenge coins. Many believed that it was the origin of challenge coins, but coins are really as old as metals.
3. A fun game
When the tale of the American pilot who was saved by challenge coins spread among the soldiers battling in World War I, many thought that they should also have their own challenge coins. If right now, you’re thinking the same, contact ChallengeCoins4Less.com and we will help you come up with the most apt design for your group.
So, since the soldiers saw the need for them to always carry their coin, a fun game had begun. The game was called “Coin Check”. It involves a challenger and a challenged. The former will ask the latter to present his challenge coin usually while they are drinking beer in a bar. If the challenged has his coin with him, the challenger has to buy beer for their entire troop; if he doesn’t, he will be the one to pay for the drinks.
5. A form of recognition
After a war or a mission, there are usually awarding ceremonies held to acknowledge the service men and women from different military units. Special challenge coins attached in lanyards are given to them to signify the braveness they had shown and the sacrifices they had made for their duties.
Some of these challenge coins became available for civilians, especially coin collectors. You may browse our gallery at ChallengeCoins4Less.com to view these coins that bear different symbolic military insignia.
6. A secret handshake
Government officials of high offices give soldiers challenge coins through secret handshake. This usually happens during or after recognition ceremonies. The coins were given to soldiers who may have not made it to the ceremony, or who were not chosen by their commanding officers for the awards.