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Custom military coins were born in WW1 and still used today. Some American WW1 volunteers came from wealthy families and one particular wealthy lieutenant ordered medallions struck in solid bronze carrying the squadron emblem for every member of his squadron. This was the day that custom military coins were born. Many units, squadrons, departments and agencies, including Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines, still carry on this tradition to identify their unit.
Unit leaders generally put their values & logo within this coin and want their soldiers to remember those values and symbols at all times. To ensure they are carrying their military challenge coin, a tradition was born.
A challenger asks to show the coin. Generally commanders, unit leaders, etc. ask to see the custom military coin where fellow soldiers will pull out their coin and begin to tap the coin on a table. If the challenged can not produce his coin, he is required to buy a drink of choice for the member(s) who challenged him. If the challenged member produces his coin, the challenging member(s) is required to pay for the drink. Failure to buy a round is a despicable crime and will require that you turn in your coin to the issuing agency.
Military Coin checks are permitted, any time, any place. There are no exceptions to the rules. They apply to those clothed or unclothed. At the time of the challenge you are permitted one step and an arms reach to locate your coin. If you still cannot reach it—Sorry About That! Call us to create your custom military challenge coins.
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SymbolArts offers coin displays
Want to proudly display your challenge coins for all to see? You can find coin holders and displays at our online store! We offer various keyframes so you can take your coins on the go as well as elegant wooden cases to keep coins in pristine condition. If you have multiple challenge coins we also provide a selection of well crafted, wood displays which look great on desks or as the centerpiece of shelves and tables.