Challenge Coins Honor Achievements For Nearly 100 years
Military challenge coins have been around since the first World War. During that time air warfare was a new concept. Air squadrons were manned by men from all walks of life, unlike earlier wars when the militia was manned from the working class.
What Does It Mean To Be Given A Coin?
As the story goes, one wealthy lieutenant had a custom coin created for his squadron as a memento of their service together. One of the soldiers, never having had anything of value in his life, became so attached to it that he took to wearing it in a pouch around his neck for safekeeping. It ended up saving his life after being captured behind enemy lines. When the French took the German camp all he had to identify himself as an ally was the squadron coin. Thus began the tradition of carrying one’s squadron coin at all times for recognition and identification. Today, custom military coins are used for more than the traditional military challenge. They are given out to military and non-military personnel alike for morale-boosting, rewards and awards.
What Are Challenge Coins Used For?
These coins are carried by members of the military, police and fire department. They are used in challenges and to enhance the morale of the recipients. In addition, they are also highly collected by the armed service members.
- To commemorate a mission or celebrate a milestone
- To build camaraderie in a troop
- To create a collectible commemorative coin
Custom Firefighter Coins Designed In Days!
It's exciting that the tradition is now crossing borders. Canadian Forces are now giving Challenge Coins to new officer cadets that graduate from the Royal Military College. What was once known to them as an 'Americanism' is now a growing tradition as well. Other countries, such as Switzerland, are also beginning to pick up the tradition by having different branches of the military create their own coins.
Prices for Fire department coins start around $3.89 each for 100 coins. Our coins are die struck in bronze or brass and allow for great detail of your design. We are a phone call away and our staff will work closely with you to design the best-looking coin you would be proud to hand out.
Our process makes it easy for our customers to order
- We’ll work with you to create an original design or we can customize a pre-existing idea you may have. The Monterey Company is full of experienced staff that can provide you with suggestions to enhance or modify your design as needed in order to ensure that your coin is perfectly suited for production.
- Once you approve a final design, the mold is die-struck into thick bronze or copper. Both sides are struck at the same time, then electroplated, sandblasted and polished. Hard enamel color is added before polishing and soft enamel is added after polishing.
- Production time varies depending on the style of the coin you choose. However, it normally takes between 2 to 3 weeks to create your coins after the design has been established. Rush jobs are able to be accommodated for an additional charge.
What are challenge coins used for
How does one get a coin?
Government organizations other than the military branches as well as special interest groups have Coins made to commemorate holidays like Veteran's Day, Memorial Day, membership, graduations, accomplishments and many other significant days. The tradition of giving them out in the military for these reasons increased during the Vietnam War with the Special Forces Units and then spread to others over time. They didn't become common however until the Persian Gulf war of 1990-1991.
Which President was the first to receive a challenge coin?
President Bill Clinton received many military service members' coins as a symbol of respect while in office. He kept the growing collection on display on the credenza in the Oval Office. The collection now lives at the Clinton Library. The tradition has continued as both George Bush and President Barak Obama have also received coins by military personnel.
Are these coins just for the military?
Challenge Coins show affiliation and the tradition has now become part of NASCAR, the NFL, and the World Series Of Poker. Police and Fire departments across the country are using them as well. Monterey Company has become the leading maker of coins and is known for the superb quality and artistry of the coins made. We are so proud to be part of this growing tradition. It's exciting that the tradition is now crossing borders. Canadian Forces are now giving coins to new officer cadets that graduate from the Royal Military College. What was once known to them as an 'Americanism,' is now a growing tradition as well. Other countries, such as Switzerland, are also beginning to pick up the tradition by having different branches of the military create their own coins.
Soft and Hard Enamel
Custom Shapes Make Your Design Stand Out!
Not all coins are the same due to their unique uses and design options. Custom shapes coins are unique as the logo included in their design. Traditionally, challenge coins have been used by the armed forces and now used by fire and police departments. Armed Forces have a tradition of awarding coins for things that were worthy of special recognition. Companies use them as morale boosters as well to commemorate special events. Traditional circular shapes and rectangular shapes have evolved with many companies into creating shapes that are unusual including bottle openers shaped designs. Bottle openers are especially helpful in the field when you need to open a soda or a beer.
The Monterey Company is a leading coin maker for every branch of the military and has been designing military challenge coins in soft and hard enamel colors and specialing in 3D designs.'
We create designs for military coins, police coins, firefighter coins, navy coins, army medals or marine corps coins. We have low minimum quantities and fast production times and we give all of our customers the best quality, best prices, and top-notch customer service. Learn more about how the military use coins on Wikipedia.
The Monterey Company has been making coins for police and fire departments for decades. We offer free design proofs. All we need is your insignia or logo and any design ideas you may have. As a leading coin company, we receive new and repeat orders from every branch of the military including orders for police coins, firefighter coins, navy coins, army coins, air force coins, and marine corps coins.