WWII Honorable Service Challenge Coin
A Symbol of Military Pride and Excellence
Join in a long-standing military tradition with this patriotic challenge coin tribute to our World War II veterans. The front pictures the embodiment of Liberty with a broken sword and broke blade in her hands, and her foot on the helmet of the god of war. The image was taken from the World War II Victory Medal, which was awarded to every service member who participated in the war. Behind Liberty are the colors of the medal’s ribbon. The back of the coin pictures the Honorable Service Lapel Button, which was awarded to any US service member who was honorably discharged during the war. This meaningful challenge coin measures 44.45mm (1.75") and is great for display.
A Custom That Began Over 100 Years Ago
During World War I, a wealthy American lieutenant had bronze medals created for each man in his flying squadron. When one pilot’s plane crashed and the Germans captured him, they took all his identification except the squad medal, carried in a pouch around his neck. The pilot finally escaped and made it to a friendly French outpost, but had no way to prove he wasn’t an impostor. The French were going to execute him until he showed his medallion. Thankfully, one of the French soldiers recognized it, and the pilot’s identity was confirmed soon after. The French gave him a bottle of wine as an apology for their mistake.
After that, every man in the pilot’s squadron carried his medal at all times. This was enforced by periodically issuing a challenge. When one man issued a challenge to another, he’d have to produce his medal immediately or else buy a drink for the challenger – giving the medallion the nickname “challenge coin.” The custom spread throughout the military and became a long-held tradition.
Today, Challenge Coins are awarded for major accomplishments and as signs of membership in a military group. They are usually presented by way of a handshake. The coins have become a long-standing military tradition. Now you can join in this tradition with your own impressive challenge coin.