Military unit coins, are there any mylotters here who have one, care to tell us?

United States
November 21, 2008 10:48pm CST
November 21, 2008 Also known as challenge coins, these coins are given to military personnel. I would love to hear about anybody who has one as would the people here at myLot.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
22 Nov 08
I do not have any, but I would not mind seeing what they look like. Are they what they use to pay the military or are they to commemorate a specific military victory? That sounds very interesting.
• United States
23 Nov 08
No, they are not for payment of anything. I usually don't consider Wikipedia to be a good primary source but this article is pretty good at explaning, take a look. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Challenge_coin
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@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
23 Nov 08
Besides using coins for challenging, they are also used as rewards or awards. They are used as a tool to build morale. In the context as they are used by the modern U.S. military, the tradition probably began amongst Special Forces units during the Vietnam War. The tradition spread through the Airborne community, and by the early 1980s also into the 75th Infantry "Rangers." As officers were reassigned as their careers progressed, they carried with them the tradition of awarding a unit coin for acts that were worthy of recognition, but yet lacked enough merit to submit the soldiers act for an official medal. Challenge Coins were not very common until the First Persian Gulf War of 1990-1991, and have steadily grown in popularity since. While most soldiers are happy to receive an award of any type, some feel that there are so many coins being given out now that their value has been cheapened. I think it is a good way to get a free drink if you are the challenger and only do so if they are for sure they don't have their coins because otherwise you'd be the one buying the drink
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• United States
22 Nov 08
i think i may have one of those-my dad had a ship's lighter that has a coin welded to it.back in the days they let you smoke that is.
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• United States
22 Nov 08
How cool! Thanks.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
23 Nov 08
Actually I haven't heard of these coins and never knew their existence so it will be good to see what the others have said about it and maybe give me some insight on what how they are used. Thanks.
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@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
22 Nov 08
I would like to own one too because it's very meaningful, and it has stories to all those coins.. All those honourable war stories, the blood and the sweat, plus their survival ^_^ All these things makes the coins very much in demand, and due to the sentimental value, all these coins are actually fetch very high prices.. hehe But i guess, none of those owners will be willing to sell them, for the coins represent their life ^_^ hehe