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. Among military organizations, the challenge coin has remained a way to show their dedication, pride and denote rank. Because the meaning of each coin is unique to the organization, it can be a secretive, or members only acknowledgement.
Aside from military organizations, challenge coins also play a large role in the gaming, souvenir industries, and first respond-er communities.
- These coins are usually very budget friendly to produce, but carry a high perceived value for gifting 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.