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There are many ways to implement a challenge coin within your department or organization. Here are some programs our customers have told us about:
The Mint Hill Police Department utilizes an effective program in regards to receiving a challenge coin. I have challenged all members of our department to be on the look out for other members doing the right thing at the right time. When I receive a nomination about a good deed I issue a letter of appreciation. If an officer receives two letters of appreciation I then award them a challenge coin.
This has improved morale and has kindled an esprit de corps within the ranks as the officers vie for a challenge coin.
Chief Tim W. Ledford
Mint Hill Police Department
“The idea of a challenge coin came as we were looking for a way to recognize the service of our members. We are an “all-volunteer” department with several retired members. In considering our options, we wanted something that could be kept as a keepsake memento for past and existing individuals. A coin seemed like a practical way to impress our appreciation each time it’s picked up or felt in someone’s pocket.”
Terrell Fire Department
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History of Key Chains
Key rings, like the jailer’s ring of keys, date back as far as the invention of the lock. Locks were handmade and very expensive. Because of this, there were very few of them.
It wasn’t until Linus Yale invented the cylinder lock (1848) and mass-produced inexpensive locks that keys were carried by the general population. One of the earliest souvenir keychains dates back to the World’s Fair in Chicago, 1893.
In the 1920’s Henry Ford mass-produced the automobile, and shortly there after the first car was stolen. This trend forced Ford to use a Yale style locking mechanism to secure his product from people just driving away in them. Key chains soon became a popular way to advertise.