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Military Challenge Coins

Military coins have a long history of being created to commemorate military milestones, accomplishments, and goals. They are given as gifts to members or issued as rewards in honor of the integrity and bravery among our dedicated servicemen and women. If you want to surprise your soldiers with something extraordinary, there is no better way than giving them custom-designed commemorative coins for their achievements!

We have Military Coins of All Types

  • Army Coins

    Army challenge coins are a proud tradition dating back a full century to the original Army Air Corps.

  • Air Force Coins

    Air Force coins are where challenge coins got their start and the model for all modern coins today.

  • Coast Guard Coins

    Coast Guard challenge coins are a great way to reward your USCG squad for rescuing people who are desperate at sea while defending our shores against potential invaders.

  • Navy Coins

    Anchors Aweigh! Navy challenge coins have been around for decades and are still a favorite of many military service members. Commemorate your team, unit, ship, fleet or command, a great-looking Navy coins.

  • Marine Challenge Coins

    A marine challenge coin is a token of recognition and appreciation. It can have many purposes, such as marking certain achievements or rewarding teamwork. They are also used to show support for the United States Marines Corps by displaying their emblem on coins with pride!

A Brief History of Challenge Coins In the Military

Military challenge coins began as a tradition sometime in the early 20th century. Historically, unit commanders have given challenge coins to recognize a special achievement made by one of their soldiers. For years, these coins have been heavily collected by active and retired service members and keen civilian hobbyists alike. First appearing during World War I, military coins were used to prove membership to a specific squad or regiment, with each member expected to carry their coin at all times.

These coins' most referenced and mythical story originates from an American pilot shot down and forced to land in hostile German territory. The pilot was captured and held in a detention center later attacked by British allied forces, which gave the American soldier ample opportunity to escape.

After he fled with almost no personal belongings, the American was accosted by French soldiers who detained him again. Presumed to be German, the pilot pleaded with the French officer that he was actually their ally and presented a challenge coin he had received from his lieutenant before being deployed. The coin was struck with the American's unit and other identifying United States military insignia.

The French officer recognized the marks on the coin and left to verify his identity. The pilot was later released with his life and freedom owed all to the military challenge coin he'd managed to hold on to.

Whether or not this story is inscrutably true, from then on, these small tokens of appreciation quickly became an essential part of military life and tradition.

Military Coins Remain a Lasting Tradition

The importance of military challenge coins has not lost its significance, especially in light of today's conflicts. They have now become a part of military life for many different collectibles, even family heirlooms. As the world has changed to keep up with technology and modern warfare, so have the coins themselves.

Today, the popularity of the challenge coin tradition has broken military ranks and can be found in every corner of the public and private sectors. Custom military-style coins are actively produced, traded, and collected by everyone from elementary school staff to giant corporate conglomerates, all to boost morale and hold that special signifier of your importance to the team in the palm of your hand.

The coin has also become customary to present to dignitaries and special guests of government agencies as a sign of welcome and respect. Presidents Clinton, Bush, Obama, Trump, and Biden have all minted challenge coins to present to White House guests and diplomats of foreign countries. The tradition has expanded to other allied nations, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

Our staff includes military veterans, so we know the importance of getting your coins right. They represent your service to the nation and to the people with whom you served. When you order from us, you'll get the experience of our industry-leading graphic artists. Whether you want to reproduce an existing design or create a new one, we'll make it happen. No matter what shape or size, we can make it a reality if you can imagine a design.

We make ordering easy. We never charge for artwork or revisions, so you can be sure your coins will look precisely the way you want them to. We back up everything we sell with our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. You can even order online! Or, if you prefer, call us toll-free or fill out our free, no-obligation quote form.

We look forward to serving all your custom military challenge coin needs!