The early batches of challenge coins were not as gorgeous and well-made as the coins being offered in the modern time. The advanced technologies (compare that from the past) that most coin manufacturers employ today makes it all possible to produce high quality coins with flawless craftsmanship. There are also more available materials, such as the different metals and tints to use, to produce the quality coins. Most novelty shops also sell unique coins that can only be found in their shops.
The coins also come in different shapes and sizes. Since they are still considered coins, their size must fit in the palm of the hand. There are also lots of coin manufacturers, like Challenge Coins 4 Less, that offer free coin design to clients. You have an option to submit your own design to us and we will do our best to enhance that design and meet your satisfaction.
We can also design your coin for you and all you need to do is tell us the things that you want to include in your coin. We also welcome a rough sketch of the design and our team of remarkable artists will finalize it, and then send you the proof. We do revisions for free and we will only mint your custom coins upon your approval.
The Incident that Paved Way to the New Business
There were no custom coin manufacturers in the past, and a certain (well-to-do) American officer of a particular squadron thought that it was a good idea to give a medallion to each member of his unit. The medallion bore the same features as the modern custom coins today, except the craftsmanship is way better in this era.
To cut the story short, the American soldier from the rich commander’s unit was saved by his medallion. He was captured by the enemy and was able to escape until he reached the outpost of their French allies. Because he got nothing on him to identify himself, the French took the American soldier as prisoner. Luckily, one of the French soldiers recognized the medallion that the American soldier hung around his neck. He was freed and was able to reunite with his unit.
He told the story and that piece went down the history. From that day on a new tradition was born. It was the start, lots of things happened afterwards.
Giving Out Coins in the Military
The tradition in the US Military of handing challenge coins as rewards to deserving soldiers began in the early 1960s. A curator of the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Museum confirmed that a member of the 11th Specials Forces Group collected some old coins and stamped them with a different symbol or logo. He then presented the modified coins to each member of his unit. The story became popular and it reached the ears of the former 10th Special Forces Group commander.
The former commander decided to mint the first ever challenge coins. He then gave the coins to each member of the 10th Special Forces Group. The said unit was the only unit with their own military coin, and it remained that way for at least a decade or two. After such period, an outburst of custom coin minting took place. Every unit wanted to have their own military coins.
The coins usually bear the unit insignia on front. The coins are typically distributed by the unit’s commander. The coins were able to deepen the bond of each unit and improved their camaraderie.
Business minded people predicted a good fortune and future from the humble medallion. Soon, more and more businessmen got into custom coin minting and got their share of a good fortune. The modern custom coins are being used for various purposes and reasons. They are no longer limited to military use.
The Almost Infinite Existence
Businesses, organizations, clubs, schools, event organizers, and private individuals found lots of uses for the custom coins. Some fresh entrepreneurs still choose to open a custom coin manufacturing business. As long as people remain fascinated with the attractive coins, expect more businessmen to consider putting up their own challenge coin business.
It is still too early to tell the direction that the custom coin business is going. The coins might still be popular now, and might suddenly become a thing of the past by tomorrow. It is also possible that the coins will remain forever.
As of now, the challenge coins are still popular and their popularity never seems to diminish. Due to this, you can expect the birth of more coin manufacturers today or the near future. In the mean time, if you want to know more, then contact us for further details.