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A Rich History Stamped in Metal.

Challenge Coin History

Does your Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps or Coast Guard unit have challenge coins?

There’s little doubt that challenge coins are military in origin. While all branches of the armed forces - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and the Coast Guard-have some history when it comes to military challenge coins, the legend that is predominantly accepted as the beginning of these coins is based on a lieutenant deployed during World War I.

Challenge Coins are an impressive way to display honor, loyalty, and unity.


According to legend, challenge coins of solid bronze were created by a rich lieutenant for every member of his squadron as a token of their service together. One pilot placed his coin in a pouch worn around his neck. Later on, the man was captured by the Germans when he was forced to land behind enemy lines due to a damaged aircraft.

During transport to a permanent POW camp, the pilot was able to escape. When a French patrol passed by, the pilot who had most of his belongings confiscated, offered his military challenge coin as proof that he was an American. It saved his life! Once the pilot returned to his squadron, they each agreed to carry the challenge coins at all times.


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The Military Challenge Coin Experts

Today, the challenge coin tradition has spread even further, to the army, navy, marines, coast guard and more.

Military challenge coins are our most popular product at Signature Coins. We are the go to experts in crafting the finest military coins online. We have supplied custom military challenge coins to every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.

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Our friendly sales staff and artists include many veterans, so we know the importance of making and delivering your military coins. Your custom coins represent your service to the nation, and our service to you. When you order from Signature Coins, you’ll get the experience of our team of award-winning artists. Whether you are looking to reproduce a design you have seen, or create a new one from scratch, we can make your coin project smooth and memorable. If you can imagine a design, we can turn it into a military challenge coin.

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Free artwork with your estimate and unlimited revisions, so you can be sure your military coins will look exactly the way you want them to

Ordering your Coins with Signature Coins is easy. Everything we sell is backed with our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. You can order online, call us toll-free or fill out our no-obligation free estimate form. We look forward to making the best custom military challenge coin for you and your company!

Custom military challenge coins enforce solidarity and hold unit members to a certain standard. Those challenged to produce their coins must do so immediately. If they are unable to, they must buy a round of drinks or perform some other service for everyone who displays his or her military challenge coin. The honor even reaches to our highest office. Bill Clinton had several military challenge coins on display during his term as President and George W. Bush received a Marines challenge coin from a patrol in Iraq while he was in the Oval Office.


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Please note: If you are not sure of the size you want, we will make the design at the smallest size that will best produce for your logo or design. We can always go larger on size with revisions.