What Are Challenge Coins, Types and Purposes

Challenge Coins-ArtworkThis is the small coins use by the US military for their organization members. This is the tradition of the US military members to carry these special coins for symbolizing the unit identification. For the American Military Coins are the part of military life today and these are reserved for every troop branch service. Basically now a days these coins are carried by soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines and also these are carried by firefighters and law men. With the help of these coins the person can be identified as the particular member unit and also can be seen for their targets and for their past history. And also when these are together then they challenge their colleagues by their coins. These coins are also given to the group as you can say that this is slammed on the members to challenge for the other groups and the last one have to pay the penalty. This tradition was established in the world war II when the forces of the America were securing the nation’s freedom. These coins were popular during the Vietnam War, and these were for the unique identification and also for the strong bond. Now a day this has very much greater importance in the American army at every level of command. These are also used as spot awards by the commanders. In the American army their leaders gave some part of their coins to the civilian VIPs. There is an important thing is that these challenge coins should have carried by the person of the army all the time and these coins are checked by army officers because this the duty. There are two types of the challenge coins :

1. Hard Enamel

2. Soft Enamel

In the hard enamel,  this is the process of Chinese lapel pins which use hard baked enamels for their smooth finish. While the soft enamel leaves the coins with textured surface and on the raised area is the design of the stamp  and on the raised area colors are filled. And also these are unfinished. These coins are used as the reward for the army member for their outstanding performance. As it shows that this is given to the army members for high their morale. These tradition coins were also given to the officers when those are retired from their designation as this is the tradition and also you can say that it’s also the worth of recognition.

There is one important Challenge Coin in the United State Air force which is “Bull Dog” called challenge coin 2. And is exclusively to B-52 enlisted tail gunners. These challenge coins are awarded to that person who graduates from air force training and those who are going to enter in the “Gunners Association ”. The coin is a presentation of strength. This coin is also given to the those army officers or commanders who portrayed the spirit of bull dog are called “Honorary Gunners”. There is another organization which use the challenge coins for their members is “National Association of Buffalo Soldiers and Troopers Motorcycle Club” (NABSTMC).