Challenge coins are unique mementos that come in a variety of designs, colors, and finishes that are centered around the form of a coin. Rooted in military tradition, they are custom-made to commemorate special events, units, accomplishments, and leadership in the armed forces and law enforcement, as well as civilian uses. The ability to generate a sense of pride from such a simple device is the challenge coin’s forte.
The exact origin of the challenge coin is unclear. One legend suggests the Romans first “coined” the idea by paying an extra coin to soldiers who performed well. The coin was unique and was often kept rather than spent. The most-popular story cites a WWI pilot minting coin-like medallions for his squadronmates. After being shot down, captured, and eventually escaping from the enemy, the coin featuring his squadron’s insignia granted him safe passage through the battlefield. Today’s prevalent usage of challenge coins (other than collecting them) is a source of camaraderie often centered around a tradition of not being caught without it.
To commemorate The Moving Wall’s visit to Mint Hill this October, custom-designed challenge coins have been created and are available for all. Veterans of the armed forces may each receive one free coin and others may purchase them for $10 each. All proceeds go to offset expenses of bringing the wall to town. Orders may be placed at MovingWall.MintHill.com. Any remaining coins will be available at The Moving Wall event October 10-14, 2019 at Veterans Park.