Challenge coins or custom coins are small coins that can easily fit in the palm of your hand. The coins usually bear the insignia or symbol of a certain organization or group affiliation. Giving them is one admirable way of expressing appreciation and pride. The coins are also excellent promotional items that can help boost the business. They can be used for almost anything and you can always send the message that you want to convey through these coins.
The coins are traditionally given to members of a particular group. The members should always carry their coin with them as a proof of their affiliation with their group (especially if the group is popular) and to boost their morale.
There are different custom coins and they serve different purposes for the different organizations or groups.
Medallions or Coins in the Military
There are quite a few stories about the history of challenge coins and the most popular one dates back to World War I. American volunteers from all over the country filled the squadrons responsible for air attack. Some of the well-to-do college students chose to join the war.
A wealthy lieutenant from one of the flying squadrons ordered solid bronze medallions and gave one to each man in his unit. It could be the lieutenant’s way to show his appreciation for his team’s hard work. A young pilot hid his medallion in a small sack-pouch and wore it like a necklace.
To make the story short, that pilot was captured and taken prisoner. All his belongings were seized except for the medallion necklace. He escaped, but he got nothing to prove his identity when he reached the French outpost. He was ordered to be executed by his French captors. Luckily, somebody recognized the insignia on his medallion and was released.
When he got back, a new tradition was born – all members must carry their medallion all the time. They also need to be ready in case someone posts a challenge. Up to this day, military men still carry the tradition. The military coins also represent the bond they share with one another.
Police Coins and Fire Department Coins
The commitment and sacrifices that a policeman gives to help make a community peaceful and safe are undeniable. Like the military coins, the police coins and fire department coins bear the same purpose.
There are units that also use the said coins as awards or tokens of appreciation for the citizens that always extend a helping hand whenever their community needs it.
Corporate or Business Coins
Many businesses or companies use the custom coins as giveaways to loyal clients, to commemorate the number of years that their business has endured so far, to celebrate another successful endeavor, or as an award to a diligent employee. Not all business owners give the said coins to everyone. They are careful in choosing the right receivers.
A corporate coin from a certain establishment (especially if it is a famous one) aims to boost the morale of the employees. It can also make the clients feel even more special. It is a creative way to mark the milestone of a certain business.
For Wedding and Others
You can use the coins as wedding favors, and your guests will surely appreciate them. You can design a personalized coin that your guests can carry with them wherever they go, and make them remember a memorable event in your life. You just need to make sure that that coins will be able to exude what you and your partner feel for each other.
There are event organizers, fund raisers, and other cause oriented groups that use the coins. They give the coins away to show their gratitude to those who helped them make everything a success.
You can use the custom coins for almost anything, and the receiver will be more than happy to get them.