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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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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.