Who says that military coins have to be similar in design? Wouldn’t it be nice if your organization or group had challenge coins of their own? Coins that are quite unique and so original, it looked as if you yourself designed it?
Since the beginning of time, military coins are something of a tradition in the military where small coins or medallions bearing the insignia of the squadron or organization are carried by members as both an ID and a morality booster. These coins are normally given by unit commanders in recognition of special achievements by a member of one unit. They are then expected to carry them on their person for the duration of their membership in the unit. They can be carried in many ways such as necklaces, pouches and in more practical uses such as key chains.
Sometimes these coins are collected by service men, especially during organization visits, where the coins are handed out either as a welcome token or a sign of friendship. The reason why they are called challenge coins is due to their use in declaring a challenge. The challenge is declared when a coin holder slaps or places his coin on the table, declaring the intent. This is to ensure that members are carrying their coins as well as a means to show a source of morale among them.
Having a specially made challenge coin shows not only the fact that you belong to a strong and loyal unit, but also the fact that you belong to a fellowship quite unlike any other. Think of it as a sort of badge of honor that no one else owns. In some stories, having a military unit’s coin on hand could often save your life. A good example would trace back to the wars where a soldier had been arrested on grounds that he was the enemy and was now going to die. Before that would happen, the arresting officer noticed a small metal coin hanging around his neck. Upon seeing the insignia of the unit, he quickly realized that he was no enemy and was saved from death. It was safe to say that belonging to a unit whose insignia was well known meant that you were of good morale standing.
So how do you acquire military coins fitted for you or your organization? The coins are like class rings since they are customizable and tailor fitted for one specific group. They are not mass produced like T-shirts, pins, clothes and coffee mugs. But rather on a custom order basis. And the best part of having a customizable military coin is that you get to design it.
Just follow these four simple steps and you will get the perfect set of bespoke coins for yourself and your members.
First send the designs. Since these are unique coins, why not make it more unique by letting the coin makers work with your design? From paper sketches to digital designs to just simple words, a personal touch goes a very long way.
Second, choose your coin shape. Just because they are coins doesn’t mean they have to be round and small. These coins can be either shield shape, pentagon shape or even square shape. They can even be either big or small. The possibilities are endless.
Third, choose your metal. Coins, whether they are painted, stamped or carved, are always made of metal, symbolizing the strength and fervor each member possesses when they join the unit.
And finally, choose the coin options. Whether you want PVC pouches or even key chains, the choice is entirely up to you. You can even add more detailing like braiding on the coin’s edge, serial numbers at the back and even painted color. Once you’re sure about how you want the coins to look like, send it to the coin makers for a free quote and visual design option. This is done in so that you will have other design and pricing options to choose from.
Once the design and pricing meets your approval, all you need to do is wait for the delivery of the finished coins and then you can present your coins to your members, ensuring both loyalty and strength. With customizable challenge coins, even if you are not military, you will feel the spirit of a loyal unit and the fellowship of a brotherhood no matter how far or near they may be.