We have been serving for several organizations for years. For this reason, we are aware that custom challenge coins are valuable for different organizations. Our products are important to the members and even to the non-members of an organization, because these serve as tokens for recognition and appreciation.
Aside from that, we value the challenge coins’ significance in history. In fact, there were a number of politicians, who used our coins in different ways. Most politicians used them to recognize those who have died for their country. They also give them to those who have done an excellent performance. But the most popular and interesting thing about the challenge coins, is all about its tradition and origin.
What about its tradition?
The tradition of a custom challenge coin is in a form of a challenge which is the primary reason that it’s called challenge coin. The traditional challenge ensures that the members of an organization, especially in the military, carry their coins all the time.
How the challenge is done?
You may our coins or other challenge coins to initiate a challenge or to respond to a challenge. The rules of the challenge vary depending on the rules that have agreed upon with, but there are traditional rules that can be applied. Here are some of them:
1. Do not deface, alter, or drill your coin for it’s not qualified for the challenge.
2. The challenge is applied to the members within the organization. The goal of the traditional challenge is to increase the unit’s morale. That’s why a challenge done among the members of different organizations is not recommended, but not prohibited, because this may lead to some issues.
3. Say, “Coin check!” out loud to initiate a challenge. Sometimes it is just enough to make an audible sound to initiate a challenge. Sometimes, an accidental drop of a coin is also considered as an act of a challenge.
4. The people being challenged should respond in the same manner. The response includes the presenting of the coin in the same way as the challenger did. If you fail to respond properly, or if you don’t have your challenge coin with you, you will have to buy a round of drinks to all the people who are involved in the challenge. But if you respond properly, the challenger has to buy a round of drinks to everyone involved.
5. If you lose a challenge and fail to buy a round of drinks, you will have to turn your coin in to the one who issued it to you.
The origin of the challenge and the custom challenge coin
Some say that the challenge began in Germany after the Second World War. It was when the American soldiers in Germany would steer “pfennig checks.” You would have to present a pfennig, the lowest denomination of the German coins during that time, whenever a check was called. If you failed to present one, you would have to buy round of beers to all those who were involved in the challenge.
The pfennigs used as challenge coins, evolved into custom challenge coins.
It is also said that the act of the challenge was originated from a young pilot’s squadron. It started when a young pilot received a coin from his officer during the World War I. This coin was bearing his flying squadron’s insignia. He kept this coin inside a small pouch that was hanging around his neck.
This young pilot was captured by the Germans. They took away all his belongings, except his necklace. When he had managed to escaped, he reached a French outpost while pretending to be a civilian. Because he had nothing to prove his identity, the French mistook him for a spy and sentenced him to death. The pilot showed them his coin, and the French troops recognized it. The French delayed his execution until his identity was finally verified. The French gave him a bottle of wine instead of executing him.
Because of this, it became a tradition in his squadron that his challenge coin must be carried at all times.
The challenge tradition is can be done anytime and anywhere. You have the option to initiate it formally or informally, but most of the time, it’s done just for fun. Wherever or whenever you’re challenged, it is important to have a handy challenge coin with you. That’s why it is important to own a challenge coin that’s presentable and durable, just like the custom challenge coins we make for all our customers.