From the article: Military Challenge Coins
Many readers may not even know what a “challenge coin” is, or how they are used within the modern-day military ranks, but their use is highly prevalent in many arenas. Members of the US Armed Forces have a long-standing tradition of carrying such coins that symbolize unit identity and brotherhood. Do You Have A Challenge Coin? Share Your Story
- USAF, AT&T,When I retired after 40 plus years of communication, I was presented with this Challenge coin.It is oval shape and has 5 small emblems,each branch of military service. The inscription reads as follows: E-4A/B 35th ANNIVERSARY***NIGHTWATCH****. I would like to hear from long time members of this group.
- —Guest Bayes, Donald H.
Relatively recent development
- USAFA '76. Never saw or heard of these things until recently. But then, we didn't have Navy-style "callsigns" back then, either.
- —Guest Quatermass
The Big Red One!
- 1st Infantry Division (fwd) The Big Red One, Germany 1852 coin or medallion not sure, may be commemorative military, this coin has a picture of a soldier on a horse with leaf clusters on both sides, standing on what looks like a large ribbon , and above it is " Goeppingen Neu Ulm Boeblingen " on the bottom of the coin is a pair of swards crossed and the date 1852 under them. the other side has 1st Infantry Division (fwd). under that is Germany, a number 1 on a ribbon type plate or box, written in the ribbons on the left side is " No Mission Too difficult" on the right side is "No Sacrifice Too Great", and under the 1 is "Duty First" on the bottom is The Big Red One My Father gave me this coin, it was given to him by my Great Uncle. We have had this coin for more than 40 years, and would like to know more about it, my Uncle Harry Lunger passed away when I was 13 in 1972 and my Father gave it to me in 1991. it may have been given to my Uncle by his Father. I would like to know more.
- —Guest Gregory Hall
SGT USAF RETIRED
- HOW DO I GET ONE OF THESE COINS I WAS NEVER GIVEN ONE. NEVER HEARD OF THEM I SPENT 20YRS IN SERVICE
- —Guest WILLIAMCAPEN
- I went back through and have saeervl favorites. I have to think about this some more. What fun to have Ikie and the Ikettes sing to me first thing in the morning! I hope that you're learning all sorts of fun things in Lex this week. Go Speed Racer, go Speed Racer, go Speed Racer goooo .
- —Guest PdxqMbgyIeUBFvxKak
- Challenge Coins have a large following. Many are sold and traded. I have heard of several collections larger than 120 coins.
- —Guest Challenge Coins
- I received the presidential coin from president obama in 2010 for my service in Iraq. I didnt even know it until the hand shake because I didnt expect it.
- —Guest Sgt knabe
- My daughter received a coin for her record course results from Warrior Leadership School. She was 2nd in her class at Fort Carson, Co. Jeanette Hermes was promoted to Sgt. E5 after only 27 months of her first enlistment.
- —Guest Charles Hermes
- I received my first Challenge Coin when Patrick AFB Commander gave a "shark" coin to each honoree in Honor Flight last year. . a memorable day for all of us!
- —Guest Joyce (Bailey) Batti
- I did receive a challenge coin from one of my best friends in college when he came back from his second trip to Afghanistan. He is a great friend and a great soldier. Now, it is my turn to serve the armed forces. Army strong.
- —Guest Ivan Rodriguez
News to me!
- I was in the Air Force from 1974-1994 and never heard so much as a peep about these coins! My nephew who had recently joined the AF showed me his coin about a year ago. He thought it strange that I had not received one during my service. Interesting that I had not heard of them before? Is this a recent resurgence of this "tradition"? Good idea though!
- —Guest Dave Straub
- Challenge coins also serve as a Bar tab pass. Those without the pride to carry theirs pays for the group.
- —Guest hs
- The article was interesting as the only place I ever saw them used as a challenge was over who would pay for a round of drinks.
- —Guest artymgysgt
- Funny but (that's what my high school girlfriend called me), I never heard of a challenge coin until a couple of years ago, and I served in the air force both as an NCO and an officer from 1963 - to my medical retirement in 1979. Now I wonder why I never heard of one. Was I never in the club, the brotherhood? Beats me.
- You forgot the actual challenge portion of the coin where if your at the bar with other military guys if you pull out your coin and whoever doesnt have one gas to buy the next round.
- —Guest blabla
- I work in a joint Intel unit with various Canadian LE agencies and have designed a Challenge coin for the unit. The popularity grows everywhere .
- —Guest LT USCG