Do you know what a challenge coin is? It is a simple coin which is mainly used by military units to show their loyalty and commitment to their unit. Each coin has its own distinct design which best represents a military unit’s vision, mission and motto. Mostly, the unit commanders and combat officers are the one entitled to give such coin as a mode of recognition or appreciation to the soldier who shows an excellent performance during a particular battle.
At first, custom challenge coins are only restricted to military servicemen. However, another tradition was started by the United States Air Force and it was then called the “Bull Dog Challenge”. This tradition is about giving custom challenge coins among enlisted gunners after the graduation rites. As of that time, challenge coins are limited for B-52 bomber crewmembers, particularly those who occupied the big bomber aircraft’s tail gunner position. Such coins signify the bravery, courage and strength of all soldiers.
Nowadays, you can see several types of custom challenge coins offered by different manufacturers. Due to its popularity, challenge coins are now utilized even outside the borders of military groups. Such coins are now bought and given as a present or collection. In this article, you will learn about the different types of such coins. These types are also used even outside the parameters of the military.
The company known as the Harley Owners Group, abbreviated as H.O.G., has been creating and selling exclusive coins with distinct styles and designs. Their coins are only offered among motorcycle owners. Like how military groups value their bond and friendship, Harley Davidson heads and customers build a strong bond by owning a special coin. The coin also represents how proud the owners are to have a unique challenge coin. The Harley Davidson heads instruct their customers to always bring their challenge coin wherever they go or to display it on their own motorcycles. That coin carries the company’s logo and the phrase “The Official Riding Club of Harley-Davidson”. The main material for creating the coin is solid brass alloy and the finish looks like an antique. The Harley Davidson coin’s price is 12 USD per coin.
Another challenge coin was made by the Utah Symphony and Opera. The group usually gives custom challenge coins to its faculty and musicians. This practice was done since early 2000’s. The reason of the group is not clearly stated but many people believe that it was given to show the leader’s gratitude among his members for joining the opera.
Many people would like to give unique gifts. Due to this reason, challenge coins may be given to your special someone, family and friends. Some would use it as badge of appreciation. For instance, renowned film director Jon Favreau distributed Iron Man-inspired coins among personnel of the United States Air Force. His reason why he gave such coins is that he is thankful for their participation in the top grosser film, Iron Man 2.
Another group that distributes challenge coins is the National Association of Buffalo Soldiers and Troopers Motorcycle Club. The coin that was distributed has a diameter of 1.75 inches. The material used is solid brass and the coin has an antique-like finish. Like any other coin, the logo of the group is present in front of the coin. At the back of the coin, you can see their slogan: “We can, We Will”. Such coin is only given to a person who has been exhibiting an excellent performance. This coin is usually given by the head officer. Not all people can own this coin and thus, it is a great honor to own it. Whatever challenge coin it is, the main purpose why such coin is given to a particular member is to show that the leader appreciates his effort and excellence.
Tradition is about giving custom challenge coins among enlisted gunners after the graduation rites. As of that time, challenge coins are limited for B-52 bomber crewmembers, particularly those who occupied the big bomber aircraft’s tail gunner position.