You may have seen or encountered custom challenge coins before but you are not aware what they are or what they look like. You may also have a family member or a friend who is a member of the military and has been keeping a military coin in his or her possession for a long time. These military coins are very important to all coin bearers because it brings a very important memory for them.
Almost all members of the military, whether they are from the Armed Forces, Navy or Air Force, have been keeping these military coins for a very long time. These coins symbolizes that the coin bearer is a member of a military unit and is an intangible part of the military.
Custom challenge coins are also known as challenge coins, unit’s coins or squadron’s coins. These coins bear the symbol of the unit where a soldier comes from. They can also be collected and traded by different people, even those who are not members of the military. Many collectors and hobbyists are spending a lot of time looking and collecting these coins – which are mostly sold in the market at a high price value.
There are a lot of stories telling the history and origin of these coins. However, even up to now, the origin of these coins is still unknown even if there are a lot of myths and legends pertaining to them. One of the most popular and highly documented stories about these coins is about an American Pilot who fought during the First World War against the Germans.
Due to the injuries he attained during the fight, the American pilot was forced to land in a German territory. He was later on captured by the Germans and was held captive. However, the British forces planted a bomb in the prison where he was, giving him time to escape. During his escape, he was found by French soldiers who mistakenly identified him as an enemy due to his lack of proper identification.
He was later on sentenced to death. Before the French soldiers take his life, the American pilot pleaded to one of the commanding officers. The commanding officer, after seeing the American pilot’s medallion with his unit insignia, commanded for the execution to be postponed. After further investigation, the French forces found out that the American pilot is indeed an ally. Instead of being killed, he was given a bottle of wine as a sign of friendship. The American pilot’s life was saved by his custom challenge coin.
These custom challenge coins are also actively collected and exchanged by different people, even those not from the military. Retirees and employees from different government entities are trading these coins to other coin bearers.
The Presidential Coin, which is considered as the rarest and most highly anticipated challenge coin, is the most popular type of custom challenge coins. One of the ways to get this custom coin is to be able to get a chance to shake the hands of the World’s Most Influential and Powerful Person, the United States President. Any foreign visitors, who were invited by the President himself, are also given this very important coin.
These coins are not only given during military events – these can also be given as an introductory or welcome gift to a representative during a special ceremony. Some companies are also giving away customized coins to their employees as a symbol to boost their pride, confidence, and morale. These coins are also given during graduation ceremonies or recognitions of different schools and universities to show appreciation for a person’s special skills and contribution.