Challenge Coins Are Given as Reward for Martyrdom

To die for the sake of the nation is the noblest act of the human being especially of a soldier. Obviously, the soldiers get commissioned in the armed forces to protect his/her country from the enemy. From the first day he joins, he has been motivated to offer his life for his soul and he does so.

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To salute the fighters, forces have arranged to reward them not only in their lives but also after they die performing an immortal bravery effort. Different kinds of awards are presented in all the units of the armed forces all over the world.

One common practice which is exercised almost round the globe is the use of Challenge Coins as rewards. Various, types, colors, designs, and shapes challenge coins are produced by the coin manufacturing units as per the specifications of the troops.

The history of these challenge coins is also associated with the armed forces as well. So this is traditionally correct that challenge coins are initially used as medals and medallions by U.S. forces.

If we have a glimpse of the World War1 (1912-1918), will get the right information about the beginning of the challenge coins. An Allied Force officer had approved a law for all the pilots to have a gold plated bronze coin with them. One of the pilots folded that coin in a leather pouch and put it around his neck.

Unfortunately, the same pilot had been shot down by the Germans. They arrested him and took each and every possession away he kept with him. The particular coin was overlooked by the enemy. By some tactics, the pilot managed to escape from the prison and reached the boundary line. He disguised himself as common civilian. One French security officer of the Allied Forces stopped the pilot and asked him to prove his identity. The air force officer showed his coin which was the proof of his unit membership. The French security officer recognized the coin and let him get through the security barrier. After that incident, all the soldiers were advised to keep that particular coin as an identification of his/her unit.

Moreover, huge demand of different kinds of the coins had been seen from the forces. As a result an industry of coin manufacturing cane into existence. Growing demands from all over the world of variety of coins, led that industry flourish within a short span of time. Initially coin manufacturing units were established in U.S; but within 2 decades, the industry spread out throughout the world. In 1995, CCC, a Challenge Coin Company has been established. And it had become a multimillion-dollar business these days.

Challenge Coins as a reward for martyrdom, in my opinion is the best use of them. A family who receives that reward possesses it with pride and faith without shedding a single tear after accepting the reality that they could not be able to see their beloved ones who have presented their lives for the sake of a Nobel task and became immortal.