What Are Military Challenge Coins

Share this post with your friends

Challenge coins are coins that signify an occasion or membership of a group. They can be made from metals, including brass and bronze. A challenge coin possesses a design unique to the group it represents. Organizations that usually award challenge coins include fire departments, law enforcement agencies, and the military.

What Importance Does Challenge Coins Hold in the Military?

Challenge coins are important in the military. The challenge coins military officials hold in high esteem are considered a symbol of an individual’s morale and commitment. They usually represent the owner’s military service and dedication, which instills pride in their possessor. Among these precious keepsakes are the military police challenge coins.

In the military, these coins are awarded to people to honor their achievements. The “challenge” part of these coins refers to the challenge of keeping military members connected, which helps ensure that the meaningful bonds they create last a lifetime. 

Military challenge coins are also sometimes called medallions and are typically used to confirm a person’s allegiance. Also, persons in higher ranks in the military may have been awarded more than one coin. Those with military challenge coins sometimes display them alongside uniform ribbons and patches.

DifferentiatING Between Custom Military and NON-MILITARY Challenge Coins

Given that challenge coins come in various shapes and sizes, it may be hard to differentiate between military challenge coins and other challenge coins.

Custom military challenge coins are usually metals like nickel, bronze, and copper. They are pocket-sized, somewhat colorful, and circular. Sometimes, they also come in spades, pentagons, or dog tags.

Military challenge coins, which are usually about 0.12 inches thick, also have symbols, mottos, insignias, and emblems indicating their possessor’s office or unit.

What is the History of Military Challenge Coins?

Custom military challenge coins have many stories attributed to their origin. Some believe that the tradition of awarding these coins originates from coins awarded to a soldier in the Roman Empire to recognize his achievements. 

With regard to the US military, many believe that the practice began during World War I. Before America joined the war, volunteers from different parts of the country who enlisted in the army formed the Naval Air Service and the Army squadrons. 

The story continues as a wealthy lieutenant from one squadron ordered custom military challenge coins to be made in solid bronze. After that, he awarded the cash to his unit members. 

Soon after receiving the medallion, a pilot from this particular unit was captured by Germans after his aircraft was damaged extensively. The Germans confiscated his means of identification, leaving him with only his medallion. 

The pilot managed to escape and reached the front lines. However, the lack of personal identification made it hard to differentiate between squadron members and saboteurs. The brave soldier would have been executed if it were not for the medallion.  

This tradition of awarding coins was passed on in the military. Today, it is mainly used to recognize an individual and their accomplishments and serve as a token of gratitude or appreciation.

To learn more about military challenge coins or purchase coins, contact Lone Star Challenge Coins.

Awarding a Challenge Coin

Ready to Make Your Own Coin?

Get A Free Proof & Quote Today with Free Artwork & Unlimited Revisions!

Lone Star Challenge Coins

About Lone Star
Challenge Coins

We continually strive each day to make Lone Star Pins and Challenge coins the industry leader for all your promotional item needs. We do this by creating a customer centric environment. By putting our customers’ needs first, providing them with the industry’s best artwork, customer service and products, and by exceeding all expectations, we hope to create the ultimate customer experience.

Some Helpful Articles to Get You Started

Your Custom Challenge Coin CTA

What Will Your Coin Look Like?

Get Your Free Proof & Quote Today!
Free Artwork & Unlimited Revisions!


J and jarren
J and jarren
10 November 2023
My class spent well over $9,000 on our class coins. First issue, they didn't get them to us in a timely manner. We received them barely in time for graduation. Second, they sent us coins with a misspelled word (brave) as seen in the picture. Third issue, a lot of the spinners came broken, also as seen in the picture. When I reached out to the company, they claim sending replacement coins out at a later date is rectifying of this situation. Very empathetic to the situation at hand overall. Not very professional at all, terrible business practices and they definitely will not receive future business from me nor any recommendations either. Zero stars
M. Wong
M. Wong
27 October 2023
I found this company last year after a recommendation from a friend and I've ordered several times now. What keeps me coming back is the high level of customer service and responsiveness in the projects that have been created. The work product is also great and the quality of the coins, detail and just overall, I am very pleased with. This is my GO TO shop now for coins. Please check them out, you will not be disappointed! PS. Big shout to Corbin for his amazing guest service!
Stephen Ryan
Stephen Ryan
25 October 2023
This company is fantastic! I reached out to them to create a custom shaped coin with custom artwork that they had put together for me. The coins are a Veteran's Day thank you token for those who served at our company. We will definitely be returning for future orders. From start to finish, they were very open with communication, extremely fast to respond to concerns and questions, and lastly delivered something that blew us out of the water. Thank you so much!
Alejandra O'Connor
Alejandra O'Connor
25 October 2023
I ordered challenge coins on behalf of my government agency. Lone Star was easy to work with and did amazing things with the graphics I sent. They turned the artwork around quickly and each time it was better than what we had hoped for. We did have several back and forth messages to get the coin exactly as we wanted it. Our representative was so patient with us and had excellent customer service. We also got the coins in the mail quickly. Working with Lone Star was a wonderful experience end-to-end.
Italy Mair
Italy Mair
18 October 2023
Great service, great communication, and great products! Would definitely recommend them.
Rafael Moronta
Rafael Moronta
13 October 2023
Amazing artwork.. aside from the product what I loved most of our experience was the flexibility to create a coin that’s exceeds your own expectations. Thank you guys so much for making the process seamless and affordable!
5 October 2023
Absolutely fantastic company to work with. Communication was always quick, and the final product looked even better than the proof did. 10/10 would recommend!
26 September 2023
I engaged with Lone star challenge coins to make coins for my fiancé's celebration of life. I was pretty clueless about design, and they provided the perfect design. The coins arrived in time, and we were more than satisfied with the outcome. Their customer service was excellent as well. They guided me (held my hand) throughout the process, and were quick to respond. I cannot say enough about their product and company.
Debbie Avinger
Debbie Avinger
26 September 2023
We are so grateful for the work Lone Star Challenge Coins did for our nonprofit fundraising event! They worked with our budget and gave us medals with ribbons and challenge coins that were better than we expected.
Dan Kiser
Dan Kiser
22 September 2023
Corbin was very combative when I explained that the design provided was not at all reflective of the requests that I provided on the Inquiry form. Based on the customer service alone during that 1 phone call, I am not inclined to pursue any business with this company. EDIT: I spoke to the owner, Mike, and he helped rectify the situation and framed it as a learning opportunity for his team. This is a good reminder that people make mistakes but first impressions matter.
Trusted By :







Need Some Help? We Got Your Six!

Veteran Managed &
100% Texas-Based Staff!

Lonestar Challenge Coins Contact Header - Private Frank