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One of the time-honored traditions of the United States military is the celebrated Challenge Coin. And yet its origins are shrouded in mystery. So, what is a challenge coin? Many believe challenge coins were conceived in World War I when a lieutenant of the newly-formed US Air Corps commissioned brass coins to be issued to his unit. The story goes that one corpsman was gunned down over Germany and taken prisoner. After all possessions but his coin were confiscated, he managed to escape and prove himself as an ally to French by presenting the coin of his unit.
Others believe the practice of awarding custom challenge coins began in World War II. But if we want to get technical, this military tradition probably goes back much further. We know that in Ancient Rome, soldiers were awarded military coins to commemorate their bravery and accomplishments.
Whatever the history of challenge coins might be, this practice holds very special meaning for active duty military and veterans. Today, custom military coins recognize achievement, instill pride, and remind everyone of their rich history and sacrifice. And we here at Marine Corps Gift Shop are proudly doing our part to keep this tradition alive.
Every one of our custom challenge coins is designed by veterans. And you know what that means – you are going to get that unrivaled quality and attention to detail for your custom-made coins.
Plus, when you order your custom challenge coin from Marine Corps Gift Shop, you are free to call us and discuss every detail of its production, from initial design to delivery.
But that is only part of what makes our challenge coins the best.
Over the years, we have shipped expertly crafted challenge coins to military units, law enforcement agencies and organizations around the globe. It doesn’t matter if you are looking for custom police coins, firefighter challenge coins or any custom made coin, we’ve got your back. As veterans, our goal is to build long-term relationships with our customers. And with so many of you coming back for more, we know that our custom made coins are the highest quality available anywhere.
Fill out the form or give us a call at (844) SEMPER-FI / (844) 736-7373 to get started today with your own custom challenge coin design.