What is a Challenge Coin?

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EMT produces thousands upon thousands of challenge coins each year. However, it wasn’t until two nights ago while watching an episode of Wahlburgers (and becoming increasingly hungry while doing so!) that I realized many people may not even know what a challenge coin is.

An article by Mental Floss titled, “A Brief History of Challenge Coins” does an excellent job of discussing both the origin and evolution of challenge coins throughout time. Having been brought into existence by military organizations, the challenge coin has remained a way for different organizations to show their dedication to their members, and also a means by which those members to show their dedication to and pride for the organization and their specific rank within it.  Different coins signify different things. Often times the meaning of a specific coin is secretive and sometimes even unknown to lower ranking group members.

Aside from military organizations, challenge coins also play a large role in the gaming and souvenier industries.  These coins are usually very budget friendly to produce, but carry a high perceived value for gifiting or resale. Challenge coins are easy to transport and offer a unique way to display a logo and or message through a variety of different imprint methods.

Though typically 1 1/2″ to 2″ in size, challenge coins can be cast in all shapes and sizes.  In addition to the coin itself, there are a variety of options available to both protect and display challenge coins. These cases and stands add only a minimal additional cost to the item itself, while ensuring that the coin will retain both its finish and value for years to come.

Are you interested in discussing ways that a challenge coin could enhance your next recogition opportunity? If so, let’s connect!  To learn more, simply email ccustomercare@emteasy.com with the subject line: Requesting assistance with challenge coins, and someone will connect with you right away.


Case Study: Challenge Coins

Purposes: The Die Cast Challenge Coin is detailed and created for a high perceived value. They are perfect for any type of recognition and carry more meaning and value than can be calculated.

Market: Military

Objective: To recognize a new level of achievement in the armed forces

Strategy: People who serve in the armed forces aren’t there for personal gain; they are often there to serve a bigger purpose than themselves. Honor and prestige is almost a form of currency to them. For decades, the challenge coin has been offered to show recognition for an accomplishment, and it’s no different in this case. The custom shape, edge, and finish allowed for a truly original coin.

Results: The challenge coins were beautiful and carried a high level of prestige. They were awarded after reaching a new level in accomplishment for a branch of the military. They were a perfect award for the occasion.

  • Pricing includes a custom shape with one or two-sided 2D imprint with no tooling charge for pierced or cutout areas
  • Choice of metal finishes: bright nickel, bright copper, black nickel, antique brass or antique copper
  • Other sizes and finishes available and quoted upon request
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  • Production time: 3-4 weeks – rush available
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Challenge coins have a long history as a recognition of service in the branches of the military. Now they are a popular symbol of teamwork and membership for public safety officers, teams, fraternal organizations and corporations.

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The Rules of the Challenge Coin

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Challenge Coin Rules and history posted by Goat Locker.

1. Rules of the coin game must be given or explained to all new coin holders.

2. The coin MUST be carried at all times. You can be challenged for it anywhere, at any time. You must produce the coin without taking more than 4 steps to produce it.

3. When challenging, the challenger must state whether it is for a single drink or a round of drinks.

4. Failure to produce a coin, for whatever reason, results in a bought round or single drinks (whatever the challenger stated). This type of transaction could be expensive, so hold onto your coin. Once the offender (coinless challengee) has bought the drink or round, they can’t be challenged again.

5. If all that are challenged produce their coins, the challenger loses and must buy the drinks for all respondents. This too can be expensive, so challenge wisely.

6. Under no circumstances can a coin be handed to another in response to a challenge. If a person gives their coin to another, that person can now keep the coin — it’s theirs!!! However, if a person places the coin down and another person picks it up to examine it, that is not considered giving and the examiner is honor-bound to place the coin back where they got it. The examiner can’t challenge while they hold another’s coin. After negotiating a “reasonable” ransom”, the examiner must return the member’s coin.

7. If a coin is lost, replacement is up to the individual. A new coin should be acquired at the earliest opportunity — losing a coin and not replacing it doesn’t relieve a member of his or her responsibilities. This is especially true if your fellow CPO’s know that you traditionally carry a coin.

8. There are no exceptions to the rules. They apply to clothed or un-clothed. One step and an arms reach are allowed.

9. A Coin is a Coin. They are not belt buckles, key chains or necklaces. Coins worn in a holder around the neck are valid.

10. The coin should be controlled at all times. Giving a coin to just anyone is like opening a fraternity to just anyone. It is an honor to be given a coin, let’s keep it that way. A given or awarded coin is of more personal value than a purchased coin.

11. No holes may be drilled in a coin.

12. The above rules apply to anyone who is worthy to be given/awarded a coin, has a purchased coin, or who is known to be a previous coinholder.


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