Challengecoins4less has been working for several organizations for years. We’ve been making custom coins of different sizes and styles for different purposes. For this reason, we’ve seen how our custom coins are used by different individuals who received them. We are honoured to see that our coins have been treasured by people belonging to different organizations.
Seeing the custom coins that we produce as symbols of achievements and awards is just one of the reasons why we, at Challengecoins4less, are inspired to make them for you. However, some people may not know why challenge coins are used in such way, and the other things that you can do with them.
The Tradition of the Challenge
The reason why challenge coins are called that way is because these are commonly used to perform the traditional challenge among the members of an organization. The general rule of the challenge is to show your coin once being challenged. Failure to do so requires you to buy your challenger a drink.
It is said that this tradition started when a young flying squadron was saved from a death sentence by a custom coin given to him by his superior. The tradition started after he went back to his squadron to ensure that all the members would always carry their coins with them.
Another story tells that the challenge began after the World War II in Germany. It is the time when American soldiers often did the pfennig check. Pfennig was the lowest money denomination in Germany during that time. If you’re challenged, you need to produce a pfennig or you will end up buying beers for the challenger.
The use of pfennig as a coin for the challenge has evolved to challenge coins.
There’s also another story stating that bullets were used before these evolved into custom coins. It happened during the Vietnam Era, wherein the groups called bullet clubs performed the challenge.
During that time, one of the soldiers’ favourite pastimes was to drink at the bar. To get rid of boredom, bullet clubs were formed. The members would always carry a personalized bullet with them. Each member can initiate the challenge. Once the challenge was initiated, the person who was being challenged needed to show his personalized bullet, or else he would buy his challenger a drink for the rest of the evening.
However, some cheaters would use bullets that were not personalized, for the challenge, that’s why the use of bullets to do the tradition has evolved to the use of customized coins.
The Rules of Challenge Coins
There are rules in performing the traditional coin challenge. The most common rule is to initiate it among the members of an organization.
Challengecoins4less is often asked to design coins for different organizations to symbolize membership and boost a member’s morale. That is why it’s commonly forbidden to initiate the challenge to those who are not part of the organization.
- The goal of the challenge coins is to ensure that the members should always carry these with them at all times.
- The challenger should say, “Coin check” out loud for the other members to hear. Some rules state that the challenger should make it clear if the prize is for a single drink or for a round of drinks.
- The person being challenged should produce a coin. Some rules allow the passing of the coin, which means that sometimes, it’s allowed to pass a coin to the person being challenged if he doesn’t have his coin with him. If the one being challenged can produce a coin, the challenger should buy a single drink or a round of drinks to the offender. If the offender fails to produce a coin, the offender will buy a single drink or a round of drinks for the challenger.
- The customized coins used for the challenge must not be deformed or mutilated. Defaced coins are not allowed, as well as for the coins with a hole on them.
Challengecoins4less has always been a part of this tradition for years. We’ve been producing high quality coins that last several traditions and challenges.