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We now are offering two collectable .999 pure silver Tactical Black Challenge coins. This limited run only has 50 minted coins each, so pick one up while they last! What exactly is a challenge coin? Read below for a short story:
A well-known story about the emergence of the challenge coin dates back to World War I. At that time, an officer gave his men bronze medallions featuring the insignia of their flying squadron. Not long after that, a young pilot was shot down and captured.
Germans are said to have removed everything from the pilots person except for a pouch he was wearing -- one that held his medallion. After he escaped to France, he was sentenced to die, as the French labeled him a spy. However, the ace presented his medallion as proof of his identity.
Because one of the French soldiers recognized the insignia, France delayed the ace's execution. After his identity was confirmed, the ace was returned to his flying unit.
Later, holes were drilled in these types of medallions so that military men could place them around the neck rather than inside leather pouches.
Where the challenge comes from is According to some stories, "the challenge" started after the Second World War in Germany. Americans stationed in Germany began to conduct "pfennig checks," or checks for this particular German coin. If you couldn't produce a pfennig when someone else called a check, you had to buy the beers.
The pfennig check later evolved to a unit medallion check, with unit members challenging one another by slamming their medallions down on a bar. Any member who lacked his medallion had to purchase drinks for everyone else who had their coins. Meanwhile, if everyone could present a medallion, the challenger was the one who had to buy the drinks.
The same essentially applies today.
As you can see, this fits our style perfectly! This design has the state of Arizona along with “Tactical Black Has Your Back” on the top with Police - Firefighter - Military - EMS on the bottom.
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