NATO Challenge Coins

Recognize Members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization With NATO Challenge Coins


Very few moments in civilized human history have the ability to change the course of the entire world the way the signing of treaties do. Conflict is something mankind has known since the beginning, but when powerful nations come together in the name of preserving peace and humanitarian ideals, great and unprecedented things can happen. The signing of the North Atlantic Treaty in 1949 was just such a moment. 

The signing of the treaty ensured a lasting peace between some of the world’s most powerful nations. Today, the countries of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization dedicate themselves to finding peaceful diplomatic resolutions to any problems that may arise. However, as an equal parts political and military alliance, NATO also has the power to take more forceful action if diplomacy fails. The ways in which NATO works to keep the world safe are varied and complex, and because of the complicated services they provide, NATO members deserve the best in government challenge coins

For over 15 years, Signature Coins has provided government agencies with top quality challenge coins in recognition of their tireless service. As both a political and military organization, NATO is uniquely situated as an international governmental power. Custom NATO challenge coins from Signature Coins will perfectly showcase to NATO employees how much their service and dedication is appreciated. Contact us today and we’ll ensure that your first free artwork proof will be delivered in 24 - 48 hours. 


A Brief History of NATO

In March 1948, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, France and the United Kingdom all signed the Treaty of Brussels, organizing themselves against the emerging Soviet threat that would mark the cornerstone of the Cold War. One problem with the Treaty of Brussels, however, was that the aligned countries weren’t collectively strong enough to combat the Soviet Union if battle broke out. More nations were needed to uphold the ideals of the Treaty.

To accomplish those goals, and in the interest of solidifying transAtlantic cooperation, the U.S. and other countries along the Atlantic Ocean were brought to the table. On April 4, 1949, the North Atlantic Treaty was signed and NATO, consisting at the time of 12 countries, was born. Since then, NATO has grown to include the following 29 countries:

  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • The United Kingdom
  • The United States
  • Greece
  • Turkey
  • Germany
  • Spain
  • Czech Republic
  • Hungary
  • Poland
  • Bulgaria
  • Estonia
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Albania
  • Croatia
  • Montenegro 

As established by the treaty, any attack on one of those countries constitutes an attack on all of them, and each NATO member is obliged to respond to such an attack in the manner they deem appropriate. It’s this collective show of force that works to keep the world safe. And although NATO prefers the diplomatic approach to quelling trouble, it isn’t above calling its aligned military forces together. This is exactly what happened in response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11. 


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Very quickly after the formation of NATO, it became clear that some kind of uniformity of the different military factions within the organization would be needed. To those ends, the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe or SHAPE was established. Originally located in France, the SHAPE was eventually relocated to Belgium. From the SHAPE, the Supreme Allied Commander Europe or SACEUR leads all NATO military operations. Certain universalities like the NATO phonetic alphabet and standard aircraft marshalling signals had to be adopted. A command structure and locations also had to be agreed on. 

Each branch of the NATO command structure is deserving of its own unique challenge coins reflecting the values and insignia specific to that branch. In 2012, the NATO command structure was streamlined down from 11 headquarters to the following six:

Like branches of other militaries, these headquarters all function independently and feature their own leadership, while being organized under the larger NATO umbrella. The men and women working in these branches bring something different to the table and their efforts are perfectly represented by distinct NATO challenge coins.


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Keeping the world safe and imparting the ideals of Democracy aren’t east tasks. But the men and women at NATO work hard to accomplish these feats daily. Their efforts deserve to be recognized, and custom challenge coins continue to be a time-honored method of recognition. 

When you partner with Signature Coins for your challenge coin needs, you benefit from our 15+ years experience of providing top-tier challenge coins to branches of government, military, law enforcement and first responders around the world. With so much experience, we’re able to create your order of NATO challenge coins with the highest quality materials and guarantee a 14 day (or less) production cycle because we’ve spent that time crafting a simple three-step order process. 

  • Step One: You contact us either by phone, email or through one of our quote request forms on this page, and tell us what you want on your custom NATO challenge coins. Within 24 to 48 hours, you’ll receive the first proof of your coin and a quote for the order. 
  • Step Two: Once you receive your first art proof and quote, you’re in the driver’s seat with our unlimited free revision process. This means you’re free to suggest as many edits and request as many revisions to your coin as you need to get it absolutely perfect. Only when you’re happy with the design and final look of your coin will we move forward into production and delivery. 
  • Step Three: Once you’ve signed off and your order has been processed, we’ll begin production of your coins and ensure that you’ll have the final product delivered to you in 14 days or fewer.

Through this customer-friendly process, your custom government challenge coins could be in your hands in less than a month’s time. Simply give us a call and our artists will get started bringing your designs to life immediately.