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The History Of Challenge Coins


Challenge coins have been a part of the military history for a long time. All those people who have been trying to know about the details related to the challenge coins should know that they have been a part of the world for a few centuries however they became an eternal part of the military during the First World War when a group of Air Force pilots were given Challenge coins as a memory of being trained together by one officer. It was seen later that this single coin became the cause of saving the life of an officer. It has been recorded that the coins were carried in a leather pouch around the neck of the pilots. One of the pilots had to eject due to heavy damage to his plane landing in the German territory.

 The Germans took everything he had in his pockets but the coin remained out of their eyes. By luck the pilot escaped the Germans and got up with the British officers some how but he had nothing to prove his identity. Showing the coin his execution was delayed till his identity could be proven. Once proven the pilot reached his homeland safe and sound and from there the tradition of getting special coins minted for each battalion and carrying them at all times became a tradition.


There were several people belonging to different military sections that got special challenge coins minted for their soldiers and gave them out to them for their own safety and well being. It has been noted that these challenge coins are to be carried by the different soldiers at all times and they can be challenged for these coins in off duty an on duty hours both. The coins are to be kept secret and not revealed to all and in case of loss or theft they have to be reported to their brigade commander immediately.

Client Testimonials

  • We discovered MAX Challenge Coins by surfing the internet.  We found their coins very unique and interesting.  The pricing was fair so we pursued a free quote and draft of our desired challenge coin.  After a couple of proofs we were satisfied with the graphics and artwork and ok'd the order. The order arrived in 16 days! Our challenge coins are awesome!  The graphics, artwork, and the colors are very detailed and complementary to our club and organization.  It will definitely be a keepsake for our members!  Thank you very much to the staff at MAX. Sandy Reece
    The Carolina Motor Maids
    North Carolina

  • MAX Challenge coins produced exactly what I was looking for, at a reasonable price, with excellent customer service!

    Pat Lopez
    Answer Racing

  • In a late decision we decided to have bottle opener challenge coins made for our wedding since I am a GS employee and my wife is Navy. Within ten days week Max Challenge Coins helped us design a coin and have it delivered to our house. They were fabulous and big hit with our guests!!!! For top notch coins and quality service use Max Challenge Coins.

    Christopher King
    Social Science Directorate, US Army

  • "I am very pleased with the product designed by MAX Challenge Coins.  Here at Colgate University we feel the service, cost, and outcomes from the company match their advertising.  If we have similar needs in the future, we are sure to do business with MAX Challenge Coins again."

    Tim Mansfield
    Colgate university, New York

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