What is a Challenge Coin and What Do They Represent?
The simple answer is this: A challenge coin is a specially designed coin. It's given to someone to confirm membership in an organization or group. A challenge coin can also honor a person for a special achievement. They have a long-standing tradition in military history. But the military isn't the only service that uses them. First responder services also have a history of using challenge coins, too.
The challenge associated with challenge coins varies between groups but is typically associated with drinking. The most common version is as follows:
- One member (the challenger) initiates the challenge by loudly proclaiming a “coin check”, or by audibly placing it on whatever surface is nearest
- Those around the challenger must produce a challenge coin.
- If you are unable to produce a challenge coin, you must buy a round of drinks for those who could.
- If everyone is able to produce a challenge coin, the challenger must buy a round of drinks.