How to Give a Challenge Coin: A Guide To Coins That Mean Something

How to Give a Challenge Coin: A Simple Guide

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Are you trying to figure out how to give a challenge coin? Read this article to learn more.

One of the first documented cases of a military member being rewarded with a challenge coin was in Ancient Rome.

Since then, challenge coins have been given for a variety of reasons.

If you’re giving a challenge coin, or you are being given a challenge coin, you’ll want to understand what this honor entails.

You’ll want to understand how to give a challenge coin, as well as the challenge coin rules.

Keep reading to learn more about the challenge coin – so you reduce the stress of understanding how to give them!

What is a Challenge Coin?

A challenge coin is a unique coin that highlights membership, rank, part of an organization.

If it’s not used to highlight a membership or organization, another use is honoring someone for an achievement. There are a variety of ways a challenge coin can be used. These are:

  • Given in a handshake
  • In a “buy a drink” tradition
  • Track career milestones
  • For collection

Challenge coins are commonly used in the military. A presidential challenge coin is often given to the president of the United States as well.

How to Give a Challenge Coin

If you’re giving one, you will often do so during a handshake.

Also, the coin is typically given during an awards ceremony. To properly give someone a challenge coin, conceal it in the palm of your hand and give it to the recipient as you’re shaking their hand.

When you give a challenge coin it is meant to be discreet. The person should know you’re handing them the challenge coin but it shouldn’t be a big display.

Challenge Coin Check Etiquette

Once the challenge coin has been given to the recipient, there’s an etiquette that should be followed if used in a coin check.

Challenge coin etiquette includes:

Explaining the Rules

Challenge coins are popularly used in bar games for military members.

If you’re using challenge coins in a bar game, you must explain the rules to all participants. If you haven’t explained the rules beforehand, a coin check is unfair to those who aren’t familiar with the game.

Keep Your Coin Close to You

A coin check may happen during bar games involving the challenge coins.

Because of this, it’s important to have your coin on you at all times throughout the night. If you have to take more than a few steps to get to your coin, you’ll lose the coin check.

Losing a coin check will result in you buying a round of drinks.

Don’t Wear Your Challenge Coin As Jewelry

Don’t make a bracelet or necklace out of your challenge coin.

Altering the coin by drilling a hole in it is considered a sign of disrespect. If you really want to wear it around your neck, put the coin in a clear pouch that can be worn as a necklace.

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