Military personnel know what personalized challenge coins are, but most people do not. This coin is a collectible coin that has meaning for a military mission or a military unit. The personalized coin means it has the particular unit or a mission engraved on it and is carried by the members of that unit.
The personalized challenge coin is carried by all branches of the military – the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard and Coast Guard. All branches have their own insignia. In addition, the First Responder coin is an important challenge coin for the many who risk their lives to save others. This includes fire departments, police departments and ambulance services.
What is the Significance of the Personalized Coins?
When a personalized challenge coin is designed it has the most important meaning for the people in the unit that will be receiving this coin. Once the challenge coin was only given to those in the military however today that has changed. Many receive this coin as an award for services they have performed.
This was made possible by the passage of a federal law in the 1980s that changed the rules. Making challenge coins more accessible to government employees even if they were not in the military opened the door. Since that time many agencies have commissioned the coins to be made for several branches of the government.
Challenge coins, honor coins, unit coins and collector coins – they have been called many things, but they all have basically the same meaning. The coins are given to those who have shown achievements and/or accomplishments that are beyond expectations by their commanding officer or leader.
Presidents have given them as a way of honoring the fallen heroes who have sacrificed so much to protect home and family. The families of those who have given their all in the line of duty to protect and keep their families and the families of others are the recipients of these personalized challenge coins.
They have been given by leaders and Presidents to those who have been wounded in the service of their country. As the ultimate ‘thank you’ the personalized challenge coin can provide the recognition that may not be spoken aloud, but is still present.
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