A Coin Enthusiast’s Guide to Challenge Custom Coins

Did you know that they believe that the first official challenge coin can be traced back to World War I? If you are looking at stepping up the challenge coin a notch, you are in the right place. We have put together this guide with more information on the different types of challenge coins, how to collect them, and how you can opt for custom coins instead.

Keep reading to learn everything there is to know below. 

Different Types of Challenge Coins

Many experts will tell you that the possibilities are endless when it comes to challenge coins. Every challenge coin can have a different image, logo, and wording to indicate why the coin was issued. 

Keep in mind that challenge coins have grown in popularity so they have not only been used in the US military but also in sports teams, community organizations, and fire departments. 

Collecting Coins

With so many challenge coins in circulation, this can be a really fun and unique hobby to have. The most common challenge coins are presented to lieutenant colonels and to sergeant majors. If you ever come across challenge coins that are for higher-ranking officers these are usually more expensive. 

Nowadays the tradition is not only in the United States but it has taken off all over the world. Including Britain, Switzerland, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand to name a few. 

Make Unique Coins

To make this fun collection a step further you can have your own challenge coins made. You can opt for quantities of fifty or so and choose whatever color and design you wish to have. Some fun events you can produce coins for include weddings, birthdays, graduations, charity events, or any type of gathering for that matter. 

The Coin Challenge

Military units have a drinking challenge that goes with the coins. This was invented to help boost morale among the units. While everyone is gathered together, any member of the unit can randomly put their own coin on the table or the bar and challenge everyone present to show their Challenge coin. 

Whoever is not able to present their coin is responsible for buying a round of drinks for the challenger or for everyone there. 

Buying Coins

For anyone looking to buy coins without customizing them you can order online if you wish. There are coins on sites like Amazon, Facebook Marketplace, eBay or Coin Force and All About Challenge Coins.

You can also shop in person at military supply stands, military stores, flea markets, and antique fairs. 

Ready to Create Some Unique Custom Coins?

We hope that now you are feeling well prepared about creating some new challenge custom coins. Have fun coming up with a unique creation that represents something that is meaningful to you. 

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